French beans are among the top horticultural crops grown in Muranga County. The area under the crop is about 400 acres of which 200 acres are under varieties suitable for canning and 200 acres under varieties for the fresh market. There are approximately 4000 farmers growing the crop on 0.1 acres of land on average.
French beans are popular in the county as they are ready for harvest after short periods of time compared to most horticultural crops (45 – 60 days after planting). The green pods are harvested continuously for about a month guaranteeing the growers regular income despite the labour intensive nature of the crop. The county’s proximity to Nairobi enables the produce to reach the market while fresh, a key requirement for the supermarkets and other outlet such as hotels and restaurants where there is high demand for French beans.