What you need for a successful farming business

– You need money. But this is definitely not enough. Many aspiring farming entrepreneurs start with good capitals and after a couple of years they realize they have been only wasting a lot of money and they are still there chasing a profit that, for one reason or another, seems not be achievable yet. It can be a nightmare.
– You need experience in the specific industry (eg. vegetables & fruits, flowers, large scale crops, coffee, tea, etc). Experience is not something you can buy, it is not something you can be trained for, it is not something you can acquire with will power.
Experience comes from the number of years you have been in agriculture in that specific industry, from the much you have been hustling, from the much you have been interacting with other people in the same industry, from the number of things you have done, from the number of things you have tried, from the number of failures, from the number of successes/failures stories you have been witnessing being in the same industry, from the number of different farming regions you have known, from the number of different farming environments you have been exposed to, from the number of different types of soil/water/weather you have been working with …
– You need to be fair with people. And of course you need to know what is fair and what is not. If you are not fair you will have a high turnover and continuously loose people after you have trained them. If you are “too much fair” some people will take advantage and indulge in laziness and inefficiency and you will also in-directly allow “politics”.
You know what is fair by experience (see above about the meaning of the word experience). And you know what is fair by having been there in the shoes of your people -lower management, supervisors, workers- doing what they do or at least most things of what they do.

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– You need a scientific background. You actually need to know about chemistry, biochemistry, plant physiology, soil chemistry, water chemistry, crop nutrition, pathology, entomology, crop protection…
And of course without passion and experience on the field, all this is just theory.
– You need to be financially literate.
– You need to be “hands-on”. You cannot run a farm giving instructions from the office. You need to spend time on the field with your people and oversee operations.
– You need an analytical mind able to plan efficiently, and at the same time, connection with your heart.
– You need Leadership.
Very over-used word nowdays isn’t it ?
Leadership means to be a man/woman of people, empower people, inspire people. Naturally.
It cannot be learned. And it doesn’t even come with experience. Its about who you are.
– You need Humility. No matter how good you are, you still need to learn. From anyone.


ebu niulize ile juala ya greenhouse huwa how much?

Depends on various sizes

@Mkulima could you by any chance have contacts of a soil testing facility. What are the costs roughly?

Contact this ninja 0723-662773

@Mkulima acha ufala, nataka kuona whoever is your avatar wewe pia umelimit members wa kuview profile yako. Weka HD pic hapa basi. Shenzi

Itina, siuweke pic legit kwanza

What if you don’t have any of those but you want to start a farming business?

Patience is also very important. Many people take up farming after seeing or hearing stories about successful farmers that harvested 500 bags of onions/2000 bags of maize/3000 fish… expecting to get similar massive returns within their first cycle/season however most are disappointed as behind the success there are intricate procedures and controls employed.

For instance some people take 2 years to prepare and treat the soil they use in greenhouses. Then you find a novice having visited such a farm and seen great produce thinking that the structure will magically assure high productivity hurriedly investing in a greenhouse without proper knowledge about the soil expecting to be successful…

Hapo ndio kashida huingilia…

True indeed

Farming is all about patience.