18 best guides for successful farming as a business

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Are you looking for tips to succeed as a farmer in Kenya? This post has 18 ultimate farming guides in Kenya by Agcenture gives you all the relevant information you need to know to become a profitable farmer. We focus on various topics such as accessing farming land, settling for the best crop for your farm, financing sources etc.

This free guide is updated annually. You can access each topic by clicking on the subheadings provided below. Besides, you can contact us for a pdf guide.

Getting Started

#1 Agriculture Rules & Regulations in Kenya

This policy compendium gives you a summary of Kenya’s Agriculture legal environment. The relevant rules and regulations include the Agricultural Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (ASTGS), County integrated development plans (CIDPs) and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority Act, 13 of 2013.

# 2 Finding the best Farm to Buy or Lease in Kenya

In the guide, explore the factors to consider when you are looking for a productive farming land to buy or lease in Kenya. Since land transactions in Kenya are done online, in a separate guide, learn how Ardhisasa, national land information system works.

#3 Climate & Soil Zones in Kenya

Do you know the climate, altitude and soil conditions of your area?  Kenya has 6 agroecological zones (AEZs). Crops only thrive under specific areas and soil conditions. For instance, tea will give you best yields

#4 How to select the best crop or livestock for your farm

To be successful in farming as a business, it’s good to settle for the crop or crop or livestock value chain with maximum financial benefits. This guide helps you to analyze and choose what to produce. In addition, you can see the priority agriculture value chains in each of Kenya’s counties to enjoy cheaper advise and support from your county government officers and Agriculture NGOs operating in your region

#5 Sources for finances for farmers in Kenya

Are you are seeking for cheap source of money to fund your farming business?  In the agribusiness funding you will learn where you can easily access free or cheap interest loans and grants to finance your farm like One acre fund, Agri wallet and commercial bank loans among others.

#6 Livestock and Crop Insurance in Kenya

In this guide know the various livestock and crop insurance products and services available in Kenya.  They include the subsidized Kenya Livestock insurance program where you can enjoy cheaper premiums. Besides, you will get to learn the best insurance companies offering those agriculture insurance in Kenya.

#7 Risks facing Agriculture in Kenya

Which are the key challenges likely to face your farming business. This guide will help you to develop a risk mitigation matrix for your agribusiness investment. In a separate guide, you can opt for various tactics to avoid failure as a startup farmer.

#8 Where to access quality agriculture information in Kenya

Learn about the most trustworthy sources of online farming information in kenya like agriculture blogs, youtube channels, face book pages etc. Armed with relevant and timely information, you can learn from other gurus helping you to grow and produce like a pro.

Farm Management Guides & Resources

#9 How to determine your farm profits

How much money exactly will you make by investing your money and efforts? This guide helps you to estimate your farm profits or gross marginal analysis (GMA) for any crop, livestock or poultry.

 #10 How to make and use a cropping calendar

A crop calendar will help in planning for activities of raising a certain crop or livestock product. It outlines all the money, inputs and labor requirements allowing for efficient coordination, production and profits.

#11 How to track weather in Kenya for Free

Learn about the Kenya Agricultural Advisory Platform (KAOP). The free platform will give you real time rainfall and temperature measurements for each ward in Kenya. These will help you in crop management activities like spraying and harvesting.

#12 Keeping farm records for higher farm profits

Learn all you need to know about farm records keeping such as types of frequency. Besides you will know how you can easily utilize computerized information systems and smart mobile phones for cheap record keeping.

#13 How to select the best planting seeds

Kenya has many seed varieties and cultivars for each crop. In this guide, learn how to select the best variety to realize highest yields and profits by comparing maturity periods, yields per acre etc. Besides, learn about the Kenya’s free seed selection app, the mbegu choice platform.

#14 Best fertilizer for each crop In Kenya

Learn the types and amounts of fertilizers you need to apply as planting and top-dressing fertilizer for maize, tomato, beans, tea and any other crop grown in Kenya. You will also learn about prices and sources or where to buy chemical and organic fertilizers in Kenya.

Marketing Considerations

#15 Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS)

Learn the good agriculture practices (Gaps) to follow and get certified to access the export market. The guide has tips on land preparation, Integrated pest management, crop nutrition, harvesting and post-harvest management ideas.

 #16 Contracted farming for higher profits

As a farmer you can earn more profits by working in a contracted farming scheme. Learn how contracted farming works and various companies in Kenya with export outgower schemes.

 #17 Best horticulture crops for the export market

Learn the best vegetable and fruit crops to grow in Kenya for extra profits from the export market. They are sweet corn, green beans, green peas, lettuce etc.

# 18 Best Agricultural associations and cooperatives to join in Kenya

Access a list of the most active and efficient agricultural associations in Kenya. As a member of a national farming association such as the KENAFF you can access better prices for your farm products, cheaper farm inputs and have an input on making agribusiness environment in Kenya better.  

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