Agriculture is Kenya's backbone making farming a profitable venture to invest in. With the favorable climate and availability of arable land, you can make millions in farming. The youths have started embracing agriculture after the government's initiatives to support them by creating markets for agricultural produce. For instance, the Murang'a Government provides farmers with maize seeds and avocado seedlings and also buys their produce.
If you plan to start farming in Kenya, you need to know some of the best crops you can grow.
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Mushroom fetch high prices in the market since only a few farmers grow them. The growing mushroom was complicated in the past since not many people knew how to grow them. Through research, workshops and training, it is now easy to grow them. Button mushrooms attract higher prices. Some mushrooms can grow indoors, hence you can grow them in mud thatched houses.
You do not need a large piece of land to grow mushrooms. You can grow them in a cropping room since they do not grow tall. You can sell mushrooms to supermarkets and hotels. Growing them on a large scale will help you to export them to countries like Uganda.
Garlic belongs to the onion family and it's a horticultural crop. Garlic is in high demand and it can be stored for many days. One piece of garlic goes for Ksh 20, while a kilogram goes for Ksh 200. Garlic grows in optimum weather conditions, hence it can grow in most Kenyan parts. Make sure that the soil and onion variety are favorable. With the high demand for garlic, you cannot lack market for garlic. It only takes 6 months to harvest it.
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Passion Fruit Framing
The demand for passion fruits in Kenya is high. Kenya is among the largest exporters of passion fruits, while the demand remains higher than the supply. Passion fruits can be used to blend juices or can be consumed fresh.
You need to erect posts for support since the passion plant is a climber. This way, you can maximize space and grow more plants. Passion fruits go for Ksh 70 a kilogram. A single passion fruit plant can give you approximately 10 kilograms annually.
Avocado is a good fruit to grow in Kenya. It does well in high altitude areas with cool temperatures. The Hass variety has a larger market locally and abroad. It is easy to cultivate and doesn't have much work. Avocados are a good source of cholesterol and they are used to make cosmetics like facials.
The Murang'a government supports avocado farmers by providing them with avocado seedlings and buying their produce. Avocados have large markets in Kenya, with a single avocado costing Ksh 20. Most people prefer to eat avocados fresh accompanied with other foods.
Tomato is an excellent plant to grow. However, it requires great care and maintenance. The demand for tomatoes in Kenya is higher than the demand. Tomato prices keep on fluctuating, where prices are higher when they are out of season. Before growing tomatoes, you need time when the supply will be less in the market. A kilogram of tomatoes goes for Ksh 100.
French beans are good crops to grow in Kenya. Many exporters are looking for farmers to grow French beans for exports. Among them is Kenya Horticulture Exporters. You can make over Ksh 500,000 with 5 tonnes. French beans can be grown throughout the year. However, you will need to water them from time to time. It would be best if you also sprayed them to avoid attacks from crop pests.
Most crops and fruits grown in Kenya have a ready market. However, you need research about the favorable soils and conditions suitable for the cultivation of the crop. Also, consider the market of the produce before investing in a particular crop.