How to start a farm in Kenya
You are watching the local evening news and just when its about to end they feature an entrepreneurship success story about a certain farmer somewhere in Kenya. Suddenly you are interested about farming and you are impressed with how easy it looks. You open your phones browser and you start researching about what you have just seen to prove if its true. Starting a farm is the most crucial step before engaging into any farming activity. You have to be prepared because starting a farm requires so much more than the knowledge of how to grow crops. We are going to give a step by step guide on how to start a farm in Kenya.
Research: Try and learn as much as possible about the practice of farming. There are a lot of useful materials online that can help you know a thing or two about farming and what its all about. If you know anyone doing farming you can also approach them and ask them for advice and guidance, this can really go a long way.
Planning: You need to have a solid business plan at hand. Identify what you are good at and what you are not. Survey the land that you own or want to buy and find out what kind of farming activity works well there. Take the farm soil to a credible soil test facility for testing to find out which crop is best suited for your land. Many people in Kenya tend to ignore soil testing and go straight to planting only to fail later and complain how farming is hard.
Capital: Its always good to start small if you don’t have enough money for farming. Try and avoid debts because this will pull you down. I am not saying that getting a loan is not bad but it needs to be done with caution. Try to apply for grants from agricultural institutions or borrow money from a family member or friend to jump-start your farm.
Equipment: Before you start the actual farming process you should be prepared with all the necessary things you need. If you want to get into horticulture you need to buy all the requirements i.e F1 seeds, fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides etc. If you want to start a dairy farm then you need to buy good cow breeds, animal feeds etc.