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8 types of agribusiness ideas to think about in 2019

Making more money through farming is sometimes seen by many as an old-fashioned way of doing things. However, in the real world out of fantasy, agriculture is one of the core sectors in the world and especially Kenya where it amounts to more than 30% of the gross domestic product.

For you to succeed in this sector, it is crucial to get some entrepreneurial skills. Agribusiness is no longer considered as an art or a science; its passion and a way of making money. Below are some of the tips to help you in this field;

  • Value addition: to attract higher returns, think about value addition and agro-processing
  • Technology: To expand your scope of information and market your products, embrace technology
  • Avoid Middlemen – Approach the market head-on and avoid middlemen who at times eat farmer’s sweat
  • Borrow Loans: Rome was not built in one day, partner with microfinances and banks and grow with them.
  • Attend trainings: no one has monopoly to ideas, always engage others in trainings and you might learn one or two things.

Well, if you do that you can rest be assured you can’t fail in agribusiness. Here are some of the few agribusiness ideas you can start in 2018/19 and make money.

Hass Avocado Farming

Hass avocado at Mkulima Wa Nyeri Farm

Hass Avocado business is booming day in day out in Kenya. Hass avocado takes about 2-3 years to mature and has a lifespan of more than 50 years. You can start with one care or a few seedlings and expand later. Currently big companies such as kakuzi are buying a single fruit not less than Kshs15 from small scale farmers. Below is break down of what you expect from hass avocado investment depending on the care given. With our package, you can sit back and watch us do the work for you. For only 40K you can join the millionaires club within no time. here is the package.

Year Expected no of (kg) per hass tree/year

(Calculate with average)

Total number of trees. Total average no of Carton. (1 carton = 4kg) Total income

Cost of a 4kg cartoon

(Ksh50-120)

Ave- ksh 75

2nd 10-13 750 2250 0.2 millon
3rd 40-60 750 9375 0.7 million
4th 80-120 750 18750 1.4 million
5th 130-160 750 27187 2.0 million
6th 170-185 750 33187 2.5 million
7th 200-220 750 39375 3.0 million
8th 220-230 750 42187 3.1 million
9th 230-240 750 44062 3.3 million
10th 240-270 750 47812 3.6 million
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17th 650-750 1300 105000 7.8m
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50th

Note

  • Hass avocado tree have a lifespan of more than 50 years.
  • You can start with few trees or one acre then expand with time.
  • The reduction on the number of trees per acre from 11th year is due to cuttings and pruning. This is to create space for aeration as the trees grows bigger.
  • The farm gate price at local market in current year for a 4kg carton is Ksh 200 – 500. It has been increasing per year so we predict it will even double in five years’ time as global demand of hass avocado increases.
  • With your farm production it’s easy to export especially when you have grown them organically. At global market last year a 4kg carton was retailing at Ksh 2000-3500.

The biggest advantage with Kenya is that its climate is suitable for avocado growing as the crop requires areas with at least 1000mm of rainfall.

Research reveals that in 2017, global market for avocado was valued at Sh13 trillion. This value is expected to more than double to Sh23 trillion by the year 2027 – in the next nine years.

Unlike other forms of get-rich-quick schemes that Kenyans have endured and lost billions of shillings, avocado farming enthusiasm appears to be driven by genuine consumer market demand and most importantly, this demand is global.

According to various studies, avocado has high nutritional value that helps people live healthy and avoid diseases like cancers of the stomach, hearth diseases, helps remove waste in the body, and protection from diseases like stroke among many others. There is a growing wave of healthy living across the world driven by emergence of diseases associated with modern living.

Read: Earn more than 10 million per acre with 40k investment.

Irish Potato farming

With less than seventy thousand shillings you can grow irish potatoes in one acre of land. In areas such as Kinangop or Molo one acre of land can produce a minimum of 90 bags which retails not less than Ksh 2000. To invest in this type of farming you will require; a piece of land in a good area, the best seed tuber variety and DAP fertilizer (200 kgs per acre) and fungicides. For you to know the best tubers for your area, consult your local agricultural experts.

 Cassava Farming

Although cassava is an indigenous crop, it is a fast growing and well adapted to dry areas and is currently picking up as people in Kenya and beyond try to eat heathy. Having said that, you can never go wrong with this investment in areas such as Taita Taveta, Baringo, Makueni, Machakos and Kitui. Cassava only takes10 months to mature after planting.  Some of the basic requirenments of this type of venture include; a piece of land with well drained soil of pH of between 5.5 and 6.5, cuttings from middle stem portions, Fungicide/insecticide. Start small with cassava business. With Ksh 20,000 you are good to go.

Poultry Farming

In Kenya poultry products (meat and eggs) are on demand on daily basis. Actually the demand is so high that we are at times forced to buy these products from Tanzania or Uganda. Poultry farming is broken into three categories which are Pullet or Layers, Broiler chicken and Cockerel farming. Main things required to farm poultry include: Sufficient land space, Good fencing, Chicks, Feeds.

With good care of your chicks by feeding them well and maintaining your farm you are likely to thrive and be a successful poultry farmer. The initial set-up required to start this would be about Ksh30,000.

Bee Keeping Business

In Kenya the most important species is called the Apis mellifera also know as the Honeybee. Though the country has a vast potential to grow this market only 20% has been tapped. Leaving a large 80% for future investors like you. Special beekeeping equipment is the most expensive cost head of bee production but the returns out-weigh this burden especially if the bees are well-nurtured. The initial start-up capital required is about 10,000 to 50,000 varying on factors such as equipment cost and location costs.

Read: Improving banana farming in Kenya through Value Addition

Capsicum Farming (Pilipili hoho)

Capsicum is an easy crop to grow as it can be grown both indoors and out-doors. Capsicum only takes 3 months to mature and the market is usually readily available. You require; a piece of land in a suitable area with enough rainfall or enough supply of water, you can construct a greenhouse if you want to, quality certified seeds. You can start with let’s say KSh 100, 000 and grow on a 40*80 piece of land and within 3 months you can get 450,000.

Mushroom farming

This is a new venture in Kenya compared to other types of farming. Mushroom production used to be a complex thing but over time things have changed as numerous research, training and workshops have been conducted. With many researches, there have been development of more tolerant varieties such as oyster mushrooms.

Mushroom farming does not require a huge piece of land in comparison with other crops. With a quarter acre of land, you can have your incubation house as well as a cropping house. In addition, you can make use of the vertical height as mushrooms don’t grow that tall. Assuming you have 1000 bags in a cropping room, you are assured of 2 tons of button mushrooms selling at an average of Ksh 600 per kg translating to about Ksh 1.2 million. The market for mushrooms in Kenya lies in supermarkets, households and hotels. According to NAFIS, the demand for mushroom is growing up to 1200 tons a year. With proper strategies and marketing, this is definitely a venture you should think about.

Read: ONE ACRE INVESTMENT AND RETURN OF FARMING TREE TOMATO.

Fish farming

Initially, we used to depend on fish from lakes or rivers. However, commercial fish farming has taken over and currently fish are produced from fish ponds. The varieties grown in our ponds include, African cat fish, Nile tilapia and rainbow trout. With the right information, it is very easy to start a fish pond.

With a quarter acre of land, you can have 100 m2 ponds fit in. The main costs in fish production include polythene, labor, feeds and fingerlings. However, fish ponds can be made from concrete and plastics but these might cost you more. With the consciousness about eating healthy, the demand for fish has been going up almost daily with people demanding for white meat growing huge. With a quarter acre you can have several thousands of fish with a kilo going not less than KSh 500. Farmers are urged to maximize technology use and modern farming techniques and with proper management, a cat fish in Kenya can grow up to 15 Kgs while Tilapia grows up to 250g.

Oxfarm.co.ke  recommends Hass avocado farming. If you have any challenges or questions or want to buy certified organic seedlings don’t hesitate, call us today!

 

Hass Avocado Seedlings

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Production and marketing of capsicum crop.

If you have a land parcel, you can make profit through capsicum farming in Kenya. Capsicum normally known as (Pili pili Hoho) is one of different crops grown through green house and open field in Kenya.

Capsicum cultivating in Kenya is exceptionally lucrative: the demand for capsicum is high, and a section of land of capsicum can give a wage of KSh at least 500,000 of every solitary period of 4-6 months.

Capsicum don’t grow tall (developed plants are generally under 50 cm high however can likewise achieve 3 feet in height), and are not very wide (1 to 3 feet). A section of land of land can hold around 10,000 capsicum plants when planted at the prescribed dispersing of 75cm by 45cm. In the event that you gather at least 10 peppers from each capsicum plant, it implies that with great administration, top dressing and irritation and malady control, a section of land of land can yield more than 100,000 natural products for every season.

As with all agricultural products, prices of this libido boosting plant vary according to weather, onset of rains and supply variations. Colored peppers also have bigger returns than green hoho.

Read: When to Use Sprinkler Irrigation

Step by step instructions to Make Money with Capsicum Farming in Kenya

 

  • Plant Hardy Varieties: There are a few varieties of capsicum accessible, and their execution will depend with the locale they are being grown in. Grow prevalent varieties, for example, the California Wonder that is promoted by the Kenya Seed Company and Simlaw Seeds. Plant the seeds in a depressed or raised nursery bed. Indented nurseries are preferable at holding water over the raised ones. Space the lines at least 1.5 inches (in the seedbed). Nearer dividing will prompt feeble and thin seedlings. Capsicum seeds germinate within two weeks, however can take up to 3 weeks in cool climate. The seedlings are prepared for transplanting following a month and a half.
  • Use fertilizers and compost manure: Cow manure is broadly accessible in Kenya. You can likewise purchase goat compost to get most extreme returns with pilipili farming in Kenya. Add fertilizers to the nursery to get better seedlings and to diminish transplanting stun. Blend a spoon-brimming with D.A.P manure per planting opening amid transplanting, and best dress later with C.A.N. These fertilizers are common in local Agro-vet shops, and from nearby tea manufacturing plants.
  • Use irrigation system: Capsicum farming in Kenya performs best in warm climate, however the plants require a normal supply of water since their foundations don’t dive deep. Overhead water system will expand the danger of contagious infections, for example, pests and diseases, example, thrips that flourish in wet conditions. Trickle water system conveys water to the roots locale while keeping the leaves of capsicum dry.
  • Hardening-off: Harden-off the seedlings daily before transplanting by pulling back or lessening watering. At that point water the nursery just before transplanting to keep up soil around the roots. Transplant the capsicum seedlings at night after sun-down. This will decrease the stun of transplanting, increment survival rates and cause the capsicum to achieve development quicker.
  • Harvesting: early harvesting yield green capsicums. Pick the capsicum fruits grown from the ground them in a shaded zone to diminish the speed of maturing. Coordinate daylight will lessen their quality by causing sun-consumes. Transport to the market as fast as possible.

Also, review the capsicum plants routinely for any indication of pests and diseases: the prior you notice and manage them, the better. These are the tips to guide you to profit capsicum farming in Kenya.

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Pests and Diseases Control in Capsicum Farming

Capsicum is a plant that occupies an important place amongthe worldwide vegetable. In pepper culture technology, applying phytosanitary treatments is a technological link. It is very important to know the diseases and pests that attack this plant, and to apply the necessary plant protection products correctly and efficiently.

Diseases

CUCUMBER MOSAIC VIRUS IN PEPPER:

Dwarfing and narrowing of leaves in the pepper bush produced by the pathogen. The young plants that get attacked have a much smaller size, reaching only 50% of the height of a healthy plant. The internodes and branches of the plant are short, which results in a clumped appearance. The leaves are small, with a mosaic-shaped deformed limb (having healthy green tissue alternating with dark green or yellow tissue). On the attacked strains, sometimes grey or brown spots may be observed. The attacked fruits are small and deformed as well. The virus has a large circle of hosts, annual and perennial species, which are reservoirs of infection. Examples of hosts are: Shepherd’s Purse, Common Chickenweed, White dead-nettle, etc. The disease is transmitted by several species of aphids (plant lice) as well.

Prevention and control measures:

  • seedlings will be produced in areas where no other solanacées (tomatoes, eggplants, etc.) are grown;
  • destroying the host plants (weeds) in the crop and around the plot;
  • the pepper culture will be isolated from other crops of solanacées (tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, etc.);
  • periodic insecticide treatments will be carried out to control insect pests;
  • eliminating attacked plants from the crop;
  • cultivation of resistant varieties;

Read: apple farming in Kenya: mitigating risks

BLEMISH STAIN DISEASE

It is produced by Tomato spotted wilt virus in pepper. This disease is manifested by the appearance of mosaic spots on the growth tips of the plants. Later on, the disease develops, and circular spots of brown, yellow or dark green appear on the plant. They evolve and cause necrosis of the attacked tissue. The attacked plants are smaller than the healthy ones and produce a smaller amount of fruit. The virus has a large circle of hosts, annual and perennial species, which creates reservoirs of infection throughout the year. The transmission of the disease is mainly caused by trips.

Prevention and control measures:

  • eliminating attacked plants from the culture;
  • destroying the host plants (weeds) in the crop and around the plot;
  • the pepper culture will be isolated from other crops of solanacées (tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, etc.);
  • periodic insecticide treatments will be carried out to control insect pests;
  • cultivation of resistant varieties;

STUBBLE OF PEPPER (STOLBUR DISEASE IN PEPPER)

The disease is common to all plants in the Solanaceae family (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplants) and it is produced by a mycoplasma. This disease occurs throughout Europe, but the worst damage is reported in the eastern part of the continent. The leaves appear to be discoloured, the plant stagnates in growth, the flowers remain sterile or form small and deformed fruits. In severe cases, the disease causes a verticillium-like disorder, but in this case the conductive vessels are not turning brown. The source of infection is represented by the host plants (field bindweed, dodder, orache) or diseased plants (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, potatoes) and is transmitted to healthy plants by several cicada species (insects).

Prevention and control measures:

  • destruction of host and segmented plants;
  • combating the insects that carry mycoplasmosis;
  • eliminating attacked plants from culture;
  • cultivation of resistant varieties;

BACTERIAL PATHOGENIC SPOTTING:

It is produced by Xanthomonas campestris bacteria, which often  attacks tomato crops as well. In a slight attack, the bacteria can cause the appearance of necrotic spots on the leaves, and a severe attack may cause the appearance of these spots on all the aerial organs of the plant. In sensitive varieties, stains are numerous, as they merge and produce defoliation of the plant. On the strains, the disease produces elongated cracks, which are browning. The attacked fruits have circular, wet, brown and harsh spots. Symptoms are evident in wet weather, when bacterial exudate flows from the wounds. This (the exudate) is installed on the seeds, in the soil and on the vegetal remains, ensuring the transmission of the bacteriosis.

Prevention and control measures:

  • the use of healthy seeds from certified sources;
  • cultivation of resistant varieties;
  • pepper culture should not be grown on land where tomatoes, aubergines, peppers or potatoes were planted;
  • chemical treatments with fungicides based on copper should be applied: Zeama bordeleza, Champ 77 WG, Copernico Hi Bio, Melody Compact 49 WG, Funguran OH 50 WP; Warning! Two consecutive treatments with the same product should not be applied.

Read: Why Hass Avocado is the new Cash Crop

THE GREY ROT

It is caused by Botrytis cinerea. The attack usually occurs in greenhouses and solariums, and in years with abundant rainfall, it can appear in the field. The most common symptom is sudden wasting of succulent tissues, such as young stalks and leaves. On the fruit, the attack occurs in the form of brown, damp spots, and in high humidity conditions, on the surface of the stains a greyish fuz appears.

Prevention and control measures:

  • chemical or thermal disinfection of the soil;
  • rational fertilization;
  • avoiding irrigation by sprinkling,
  • chemical treatments with Bravo 500 SC, Ortiva 250 SC, Rovral 500 SC, Teldor 500 SC, Switch 62.5 WG;

WILTING OF THE PEPPER PLANT (FUSARIUM)

Produced by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum. The occurrence of the disease is favoured by temperatures above 27-28ºC, high moisture in the soil and a slightly acidic pH. On the attacked plants, a leaf discoloration appears, followed by wilting. At first the plants suffer from temporary wilting, but in the end, the process is irreversible. On the fruit, moist spots of brown-grey appear. Fusarium is a vascular disease, the sections performed in the stems of the plant reveal an intense browning of the conducting vessels. The fungus lives in the soil, being widespread by water or agricultural tools and agricultural machinery. The fungus gets inside the plant through the root system, and in favourable conditions, it dries the plant in two weeks. The fungus also spreads through infected seeds.

Prevention and control measures:

  • chemical or thermal disinfection of soil in greenhouses, solariums, seedlings and seed treatment before sowing. For information on seed and soil disinfection click here;
  • avoiding relative humidity increase over 85% in greenhouses and solariums and avoiding soils where water stagnates;
  • use of varieties and hybrids resistant to fusarium;
  • seed treatment prior to sowing;
  • chemical treatments with Topsin 70 WDG and Topsin 500 SC. Prepare a solution of 0.05 – 0.1% (5 or 10 g per 10 litres of water) and spray each plant with 0.5 l (of the solution);

BLIGHT

It is  produced by Phythophtora infestans. Attack is common on leaves, fruits and seeds, rarely on stems and roots. On the upper side of the leaves, watery spots appear, which later become brownish. On the underside of the leaves, near the spots, a whitish puff appears. The affected tissues become brown and dry. The fruits appear brown, damp and soft. The seeds of the affected fruit contain the infectious mycelium of the fungus. When the disease attacks the strain, an annular, dark-green, then brown area appears at its base. After these symptoms occur, the wilt and drying of the plant takes place.

Prevention and control measures:

  • soil disinfection and seed treatment before sowing. For information on seed and soil disinfection click here;
  • rotation of crops (pepper is not cultivated after tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, etc.);
  • avoid sprinkler irrigation;
  • avoiding soils where water stagnates;
  • chemical treatments with Bravo 500 SC, Acrobat MZ 90-600 WP, Ridomil Gold MZ 68, Equation PRO, Dithane M 45;

Read: Cabbage Farming in Kenya: New better varieties

THE MAIN PESTS

GREENHOUSE WHITEFLY (TRIALEURODES VAPORARIORUM)

The pest grows in greenhouse conditions throughout the year and in the field only during the summer. In the greenhouse, it can develop 3-6 generations when conditions are favourable. Adults and larvae colonize the leaves, often also the sprouts. After the attack, the leaves get etiolated, dry and fall off.

Control measures:

  • destruction of vegetal remains after the dissolution of the crop;
  • the disinfection of greenhouses and solariums before the establishment of a new crop;
  • treatments with Decis Mega 50 EC (0.25 l / ha), Actara 25 WG (0.2 kg / ha), Confidor Energy (1.3 l / ha), Mospilan 20 SG (1.5 g / 6 l water), Movento 100 SC;
  • the use of attractant traps;

RED SPIDER MITE (TETRANYCHUS URTICAE)

It can develop 6-10 generations per year and it winters in the adult stage, especially as a female (males are generally less rare), under the scuffed bark of trees, under the fallen leaves, on dry weeds or in the superficial soil layer, etc. The attacked leaves dry up and fall, defoliations being recorded, which can sometimes contain 80-100% of the leaf count. As a result of the attack, there is a halt in the growth of the sprouts and a premature ripening of the fruits.

Control measures:

  • treatments with Vertimec (1 l / ha), Nissorun 10 WP (5 g / 12 l water), Envidor 240 SC, Millbeknock EC;

APHIDS

They are polyphagous species that migrate from one plant to another or from one species to another. They grow on any kind of plant or tree, and then migrate and attack crops. They appear as a colony on the underside of the leaves, on the flowers or inflorescences and on young sprouts. Insects prick the plant and suck the cell juice, causing a stress on the plant. In the event of a severe attack, aphids can cause the death to of the plant.

Control measures:

  • treatments with Decis Mega 50 EC (0.2 l / ha), Confidor Energy (0.6 l / ha), Mospilan 20 SG (1.5 g / 12 l water), Actara 25 WG;
  • the use of attractant traps;

THE BROAD MITE (POLYPHAGOTARSONEMUS LATUS)

It is a polyphagous species, commonly found in  protected areas (greenhouses and solariums). It attacks the lower part of the leaves, floral blooms and fruits. The attacked organs turn yellow and deform.

Control measures:

  • treatments with Nissorun 10 WP (5 g / 12 l water), Vertimec 1.8 EC (10 m / 10 l water), Envidor 240 SC;

THRIPS

These are small insects, hardly visible to the naked eye, attacking a large number of crop plants. They colonize the tops, flowers, and leaves of the plant, causing flower abortions and plant dwarfism. They also transmit a series of viruses.

Control measures:

  • treatments with Actara 25 WG, Mavrik 2 F, Karate Zeon 50 CS, Decis Mega 50 EW;
  • the use of attractant traps;

THE ROOT-KNOT NEMATODES (MELOIDOYNE SPP)

It  has several generations per year. Immediately after hatching, the larvae flow through the soil in search of roots. They enter easily into the radicular system, where they secrete a toxin that causes hypertrophy of the tissues, blocking the conductive vessels of the affected areas.

Control measures:

  • Disinfection of soil with Force 1.5 G (15 kg / ha) or Basamid Granules;
  • use of certified seeds;
  • cultivation of resistant varieties;

MOLE CRICKET (GRYLLOTALPA GRYLLOTALPA)

It has an omnivorous diet, feds with vegetal substrates, live prey (earthworms and various larvae) or insect corpses. The damages produced are direct, by eating the root system of the plants (cutting off the strains of the plant when it is rising or it is replanted). They bring up to the surface of the soil the germinated seeds of plants, or even young, small plants. The attacked ones wither and bend over to the ground.

Control measures:

  • chemical treatments applied to the soil