Make money in agribusiness- go dairy farming
Nyandarua has been popularly known on milk production and growing of potatoes. Cattle rearing has a lot of benefits apart from making direct money that’s why it was considered as a basic thing at every homestead in Nyandarua. So, every family had at-least a cow or two.
Dairy farming has been in practice since independence and milk production has been the major economic activity in Nyandarua , since farming creates business opportunities to many farmers because farming does not require professional skills to run and middle men as well benefited through find a ready market for farmers and buying their produce without the need of a farmer to go look for users or buyers of the milk.
Milk in kenya has always been the major requirements in most kitchens in Kenyan, since tea is mostly taken together with other food and during breakfast or and customary in Kenya, tea is taken after every meal. that’s why the former President Moi had introduced Maziwa ya Nyayo which was aimed on improving health of Kenyan child, this is because milk has a lot of benefits in the body.
The production of Milk has been low compared to the demand in the market, thus bringing the need of farmers to increase their herd thus increase on production to meet the demand in kenya. Dairy farming in Nyandarua was doing well due to the favorable weather and grazing space which was big enough to graze a large held of cattle’s without buying them food and this made it easier on farmers to have a large herd of cattle with high volume of milk production . Though the price was not all that good but every farmer could receive a considerable cash he is member of the society which by then was managed by farmers who had joined together to form it. this society also worked as a bridge between a producer and consumers.
Today, dairy farming made a turn ; due to Increase population and subdivision of land to build residential houses, as a result, it has left most families with a small portions of land which can only accommodate a kitchen garden for growing sukumawiki this has made alot of young men and women to move to other places in search of a job since nothing else in the area that can be of income generating .
Dairy farming still being a challenge due to small land size .it has taken another twist where young men and women has realized that dairy farming can also be conducted as a business. This realization, has been reached through creating awareness by the government and NGO to local community on how to commercialize their small parcel that are available. This new farming technology is done through Zero grazing where the farmers is required only a store and a cow shed depending on the size of a farmer’s herd . This has given Nyandaruas’ people another opportunity of going back to dairy farming while using the new technology which is more reliable and profitable if done well with seriousness .
The new technology also require a farmer to learn some technique to acquire knowledge and skills on how to run the farming business using zero grazing thus makes maintenance easier. Utilizing the small portion of land we have now is the only way in todays’ generation that can save us and thus we make a lot of money from it.
Starting dairy farming business– The new technology, best fit when one is having two or four dairy cows for starters, and then increase it later as the time goes , since after getting familiarized with the business or farming to run a large herd can be possible.
For instance the Cow (New breed) is costing from kshs.100,000 to kshs. 200,000 and can produce 25 to 50 litres of milk daily, and these cows are being sold at KARI , or SACCOs’ and they sell with an insurance cover that makes it convenient and safe for a farmer to have one.
Let’s assume that a cow is producing a 24littres of milk per day and a farmer has two dairy cows from a loan of kshs. 200,000.Currently, the price of 1littre milk goes for Ksh. 35 per if sold to brokers or at milk processing plants and at a shop the price goes up to Ksh.60 when selling it to the consumers.
- 24litres for one cow x 2cows = 48littles
- 48littres x kshs.35 = kshs. 1680
- This is a one-day gross income
- Kshs. 1680 per day x 30days = kshs.50,400
- So one month gross income will be kshs.50,400
This cash is enough income to cater for the food shelter and health of the two cows and also pay workers and the remaining profit for food and loan repayment.
This has been practically witnessed by young people who are in Agri-Business rearing dairy cattle using zero grazing
Where to find financial support ?
For young peoples who doesn’t have capital to go agri-business can to pay a visit in the SACCOs or NGOs that are offering those services , since in our days most SACCOs are loaning farmers either by buying them a cow or farm inputs . It is also advisable to attend more seminars as possible so that to learn from the resource persons so that to witness practical things and see how thing are done. Since this is a business like any other , agribusiness also requires knowledge and professional which everyone can afford to attain.
If you get me, you should give it a trial even if you are employed or not , but first visit a successful Agri-Business projects that are already running and for sure you will get equipped and ready to go for it.
Compiled by; SAMKIM
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