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Can I do fruit farming as a side hustle?

All of us need some extra cash. Working with nature will help build a healthy lifestyle for yourself while getting paid on top of that. Farming enables you to have your produce, spend time outdoors enjoying the scenery and fresh air, and meet new people in your community.

Why fruits farming?

Fruit growing have following economic and nutritional advantages. High productivity: High yield per unit area: From a unit area of land more yield is realized from fruit crops than any of the agronomic crops. The average yields of Papaya, Banana and Grapes are 10 to 15 times more than that of agronomic crops.

Beekeeping:

Pollination is the highest agricultural contributor to yields worldwide,
contributing far beyond any other agricultural management practice. Thus, bees
and other pollinators make important contributions to agriculture. Pollinators
affect 35 percent of global agricultural land, supporting the production of 87
of the leading food crops worldwide. Plus, pollination-dependent crops are five
times more valuable than those that do not need pollination. OxfarmAg Ltd gives free beehives for any packages purchased. http://oxfarm.co.ke/product-category/oxfarm-packages/

Tips that can help you achieve optimal results while doing fruit farming as a side hustle

Fruit farming as a side hustle is such an amazing part-time job that can give you enough income. You just need to follow the tips below:

  • Analyze the climate in the region and ensure that it favors the crop you want to grow
  • Ensure that soils are fertile
  • Study how different fruits perform in the region
  • Decide on the crops that are most suitable for your soils
  • Purchase certified high-quality seedlings from certified nurseries
  • Let the experts do the planting for you (OxfarmAg Ltd will help you kick start your fruit farming agribusiness and provide you with timely agronomy support)
  • Start small since this field requires patience and adequate knowledge about planting crops before entering into business. Furthermore, starting with a larger area will only increase expenses without bringing more revenue because of bigger maintenance costs for equipment and other supplies.
  • Invest in innovative solutions – To minimize the time required on the farm, you should adopt innovative tools such as automated irrigation and fertilization systems, precision agriculture, and sensor technology.
  • Expand gradually by investing in high-yielding fruit trees first until you reach the point where your earning exceeds your investment then keep growing from there or expand another acre if possible but remember that expansion should be done once every two years.
  • Invest in technology, fruit farming is much easier to do as compared to other side hustles. It takes a few months before you can harvest and sell them so there’s no long waiting period as opposed to starting your own business right now. You just have to prepare the soil, water plants once in a while, and tie branches using twigs for support, especially if you are investing in strawberries or grapes, employ proper management practices, embrace innovative strategies, and enjoy the profitability of fruit farming.

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The Demand For Honey Is Big, How About You Think Of Bee Keeping

Honey is ten times more expensive than oil and demand for this natural product is increasing not only in Africa itself but globally.

Priced at between $8-$10 (Ksh800-Ksh 1000), one kilo of honey in Kenya costs 10 times what a litre of petrol does ($ 1.2 or Ksh120). And in the Arab market, a jar of honey can fetch almost double this amount ($20-$30).
It is a price tag that has honey producers all over the world salivating. While Kenya is not one of the largest exporters of honey globally, it is a trade that is being closely watched as Kenyan producers strategise on how to pioneer their entry into this lucrative honey market. Ethiopia is the largest producer of honey in Africa, and according to USAID, produces approximately 45,300t annually. Tanzania is the second largest (8,000t, and Kenya ranks third in the region, followed by Uganda and then Rwanda, with just 4,000t a year.

African honey has a unique flavour profile, which makes it comparable to some of the premium honey in the markets.
The UAE is the most important market for us. It’s the largest with the greatest purchasing power. Price sensitivity is low, and there is an appreciation of premium products.

Read: 7 Requirements Of Successful Bee Farming, Number 3 Is The Most Important

Domestic or International?

In Kenya the demand for honey is really high. Packers or producers don’t want to get involved in export because of the logistics involved. They prefer to sell locally or in the region because there is a readily available market.
Demand for honey in Kenya is so high, that the country is unable to satisfy itself and is forced to import from neighbouring Tanzania.

So with a ready and easily accessible local market that offers good prices, Kenyan honey producers are unwilling to undergo the bureaucratic rigours of export, which involve higher transport costs and quality testing.

There are no commercial producers of honey; they are all smallholder traditional bee keepers, which exacerbates the ability to meet the large demands of markets like the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Honey is a very special item to Muslims. It’s a high-value commodity; it’s in the Quran. The Arab market wants a container a month, that’s 20t a month. We can’t even supply our own market.
Africa, does not export significant amounts to the US market, and in 2013 the US only imported 3,000 kilograms of honey from Kenya for $15,000, according to the US department of Agriculture.

The money is in the honey, that is where the future of the business lies. Indeed fast increases in the price of honey combined with flagging global volumes spell a promising outlook for producers who can scale up their volumes.

The only question is how they will do this, and whether Kenya will eventually emerge at the forefront of trade in the golden liquid.

Read: Here Are The Things To Consider When Establishing Drip Irrigation In Your Farm