Ukulima sio ushamba ” Farming is not village-hood”
“Agriculture is our wisest pursuit because it will, in the end, contributes to most real wealth, good morals and happiness” agriculture is considered to be for people who live in the rural areas “poor people” or people are unschooled or people who have nothing better to do. (This kind of thinking is for shallow minded individuals) Can I remind you that some of the wealthiest people in Kenya practice agriculture, for example, the Kenyatta family and also the Moi family? Does everyone agree with me that agriculture is the backbone of this country? Well, you don’t have to agree with me, but ill convince you to. Did you know that agriculture in Kenya contributes to 35% if the gross domestic product (GDP) and 40% includes the export earnings?[autoad]
Kenya is a country that is endowed by a pleasant climate that favors agricultural practices. Then why not exercise it? It always feels good when you consume fresh products from the shamba. Smart and severe farmers can testify that farming can make you rich easily and quickly. The salary you get from employment in one year, you can raise it in one month if only you decide to risk and focus on one area of specialization. The question is what type of farming that can generate a massive income?
You don’t need a large piece of land to carry out commercial farming. The ½ acre or ¼ acre that you have is just more than enough. In this article I will take you through some of the categories of farming that you can practice which will transform your living standards
- a) Garlic farming
Garlic belongs to the onion family, a high-value horticultural crop which is loved because of its taste and flavor in food. It only takes six months to harvest ¼ acre can give up to about 3 tones selling at Ksh. 200 per kg. The last time I visited the kibanda to buy garlic, one piece cost Ksh. 25 and I went back home meditating how garlic farming can be of significant impact economically if practiced in large-scale
- b) Poultry farming
We all love chicken, don’t we? Chicken is categorized into kienyeji, broiler and layers. Other birds like quail are also included in this category. An A 1/4an acre can fit more than 3000 chicken comfortably. Let’s assume that 2000 of them lay eggs daily, sell the eggs each at ksh.12 that equates to ksh. 24000daily is totaling to ksh.720000 per month, approximating the total costs per month to be ksh. 60000, making a profit of ksh.660000 per month on eggs only. You can start with 100 chickens it will still work.
- c) Greenhouse farming
The advantage that a greenhouse is that it provides a controlled environment that best suits the growth of crops. Your crops are protected from insects and other foreign attacks like heavy winds. Favorite crops that are grown in greenhouses are tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbages and other vegetables
- d) Dairy farming
This has been a very successful business in Kenya. Millions are made from the dairy cows, varieties of cows can be jersey, freshian, Guernsey. The only thing that you need is patience with your cow, a good setup, good feeds, proper cow management and technical support from a vet
- e) Fish farming
Gone are the days when people used to depend on the lakes, rivers for fish. Commercial fishing has taken off and these time fish are reared in ponds. Have a100 meters square pond fit, the primary costs will be labor, polythene, feeds and the fingerlings. One fish in Kenya currently sells at ksh. 500(medium size)
Let us all embrace the idea of farming and by doing so, we won’t have so many cases of unemployment. You only require little technical knowhow and passion. Let us change this ideology that “ukulima ni ushamba”