Which are the Best Agribusiness Ideas In Kenya – 2023

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Are you looking for the best or most profitable agribusiness idea in 2023? This article will give a list of the top money making investment ideas in agriculture, food and drink sectors of in Kenya and the East Africa region in general.

According to Agcenture consulting firm, one can easily invest at any stage of the agriculture value chain or the food system. You can fit as an farm input supplier, farmer or grower, food trader or broker who buys and sells farm produce at a profit. The other promising areas are food processing and value-addition or specialize in provision support services like transport and consulting as later explained. If you are consistent and creative, agriculture sector has a huge potential to create jobs and income for you.

These top ideas are;

Best Agribusiness Ideas in farming

Commercial farming or “Kilimo biashara” is the raising of crops and livestock and sell them or their produce at a profit? To succeed in it, consider 2 tips. first, ensure your farming is efficient to raise high quality products. Second, grow the crop variety or animal breed with the highest demand in the market to get high profits. Finally, look out for the emerging trends in farming as a business such as organic farming and observing of food safety standards likely to impact your profits.

According to research, the most profitable farming ideas in Kenya are chicken, dairy, pig, vegetable and tree farming.

Poultry Farming

In poultry farming, you make lot of money by raising chicken for white meat and eggs. The price of 1 kg of chicken meat in Kenya is Ksh 500. Similarly, the price for chicken eggs is Ksh 300-450 per tray. Other ways to make money in poultry farming are selling chicken manure, setting a mini egg hatchery or become a chicks breeder to sell one-day-old chicks to farmers in Kenya and Uganda. Wondering how much money you can make by farming chicken? Explore more from the following chicken farming guides

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Dairy Farming

Kenya has the 2nd highest milk consumption in Africa. The annual per capita consumption of milk in Kenya is 121 liters per person. This translates to the total demand of milk in Kenya as 5.3 billion liters of milk. As a commercial farmer you can farm this dairy cattle, dairy goats, and camels to produce milk for sale. In addition, you can grow animal fodder such and follow the following suggested tips on how to succeed in dairy farming in Kenya such as zero grazing, feed conservation and investing in milk processing or value addition.

Pig Farming

Pig rearing is very profitable and also cheaper for you, they require cheap food and animal drugs. Unlike other livestock types, your pigs mature and are ready for sale in 6 months. In comparison, beef cattle in Kenya mature in 4-7 years. On the downside, you need to observe strict biosecurity measures on your farm. Besides rearing pigs for slaughter, you can make profits by supplying high-quality piglets and weaners, pig food, etc.

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Urban Farming

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Vertical and urban farming methods like the use of hydroponics increases our “land” under cultivation

Urbanization in Kenya is growing fast, today around 30% of Kenyans live in urban centers, towns and cities. This trend will continue and it is projected over 50% or over 5 billion of global population will be urbanites by 2050. These people will need to eat. You can tap into the sector through urban farming business ideas like vertical farming, hydroponics or mushroom farming, etc.

Unlike rural farming, urban agriculture requires intensive methods like zero-grazing and the use of tech make it more costly, interestingly, you sell at premium prices making more money.

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Tree Farming

Commercial tree farming is a low-risk agriculture business for you. Little maintenance is required and can you tend to them effortlessly. It is a top agribusiness idea for Kenyans in the diaspora or telephone farmers who wish to invest in their rural farms while living in towns.

There are three types of tree farming you can try; Orchard (fruit tree) farming, commercial (timber) tree farming, tree seedlings raising which you can combine with a landscaping business.

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Vegetable farming

Are you looking for money in agriculture? Consider growing the leafy vegetables such as spinach, kales, and cabbages etc. They have a high demand from January to December. And almost every household has a vegetable in their meals. You irrigate or growing them in greenhouses to ensure consistent quality and quantity of yields.

Apart from the leafy veggies, you can raise potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes as well as onions.

Best Agribusiness ideas in farm input supplies

There is untapped business opportunity in supplying farmers and herders with quality farming inputs. You can distribute either fertilizers, pesticides, animal feed, and animal drugs at a profit. Some of the top business ideas in the provision of farm inputs are;

Plant raiser

As a plant raiser, you make money by and selling healthy seedlings to farmers. An alternative is to germinate the seeds or propagate other materials on their behalf as a service.

It may require you to invest in greenhouses and tunnels to grow healthy young plants. Other expenses are in transport, planting trays, growing materials, and a clean water supply.

Examples of successful plant raisers in Kenya are Carol Herbs and Isinya Plant Raisers for vegetables and herbs spices. Kakuzi and Oxfarm are best examples for fruit seedlings.

Livestock Breeder

Provide quality genetic materials to poultry and animal producers for a profit. You can have a pig breeding farm, cattle, goat or sheep ranch, or a poultry hatchery. You will sell weaner animals and one-day-old chicks after vaccinating them and monitoring their health. Examples of successful breeders are the Kukuchic

Agrodealer (agrovet) shops

An online or a local farm store can make you a millionaire in a short period. You will stock crop and animal inputs from suppliers and sell them to rural and urban farmers. Apart from the conventional stock like fertilizers, seeds, pesticides, and vet products like medicines, vaccines, and animal feed, the following are some profitable products to consider;

  • Irrigation kits like water pumps, drip lines, watering cans
  • Greenhouse materials
  • Hydroponic sets.

Vermicomposting

Making and selling organic fertilizers is a profitable agribusiness idea. The demand for it is high as people choose safe organic products. You can make it by composting animal and crop materials like livestock manure, plants waste, municipal sludge, and industrial wastes from food processing and manufacturing like seed cakes, fish bones, grain husks, vinegar residues, blood, and feathers.

Install farm infrastructure(s)

If you are in building and construction, you can generate income from installing farm infrastructure for farmers and other players in the agriculture and food industry, Examples of areas you can tap are;

Building zero-grazing units, poultry houses, etc, Installing greenhouses, Installing solar electricity and cold rooms as well as drip irrigation lines or boreholes.

Supply Animal feed

Help livestock farmers to mitigate the risks of frequent droughts and floods by growing high-quality animal fodder crops like hay for sale. The most nutritious fodder types include Calliandra, Brachiaria, and Napier grass. Besides, you can use market and factory wastes like maize bran and seed cakes, and sunflower seeds to mill high-quality animal feed. The other option is to use local resources like insects and worms to formulate homemade animal feed for chicken, pigs and dairy cattle.

Best Agribusiness ideas in service provision

Which are the best agriculture business ideas for the youth and women? As they have lower control of land and access to loans, offering services to other agribusinesses in the country. offering services have some of the highest returns and its attractive to young people, unlike farming. Here are the top ideas for you.

Offering professional chemical spraying services is a viable idea for safe agriculture production

Fumigation & Spraying services

Help small-scale farmers by giving them crop protection and animal health or vet services. You can set a fumigation business that will diagnose, treat and control pests and or diseases affecting their crops and animals. Your ideal business would be bringing young people together to offer spraying services or vaccinate animals.

Soil Testing

Make money by offering soil analysis services to crop farmers to identify their soils nutrient content and soil acidity deficient or experiencing a negative soil fertility balance.  It is a service offered best like a package by supplying soil fertility correction materials like fertilizers and agriculture lime.

Lease Machines and Equipment

Mechanisation in Kenya is low at around 20%. You can buy expensive farm equipments and machinery like tractors, water pumps or milk coolers to small scale farmers or traders. They will pay you the rent fee to leasing or hiring their use. Your agriculture ideas in automation of agriculture will centre on financing, and maintenance of the farm machinery.

Transport Business

Set up a large transport business that allows farmers to access markets. You will need to collect and ferry goods or farm inputs from farms to towns and vice versa. To make it more efficient gather clients into farmer groups and trading cooperatives to formalize your business. Invest in a modern fleet that uses cold storage trucks or motorcycles, specialized vehicles like solar milk coolers and electric tricycles to lower your fuel costs

Agribusiness consulting

Set up a professional consulting firm to help entrepreneurs and existing agribusinesses ro grow and expand. They will outsource your services like record keeping, writing business plans and market research services. Besides these, you can help traders to access export markets and the online markets by assisting them in to set up ecommerce sites, digital marketing and other services like statutory and taxation.

Extension Services

Create jobs and income by helping farmers to adopt and use modern technologies in farming, harvesting, food preservation and processing methods. You will help farmers to adopt the Good agriculture practises (Gaps) to get high yields and earn higher profits.

Agritech and smart farming

Most of modern and future agribusiness activities will be automated and carried out online. Make money by coding mobile apps, programe information systems or sell agriculture drones. In addition, businesses need to have social media pages, ecommerce websites etc.

Top Agri Business ideas in Value Addition & Food Processing

In Kenya, Post-harvest losses of animal and crop yields are between 30% and 50%. It is a result of low investments in value addition and processing. You can invest in this area to reduce spoilage of fresh fruits, vegetables, milk and meat that happen in farms or during transit. Manufacturing will help in diversification of products and use of by-products. Some of the best investment ideas in reducing food wastage, value addition, food processing and manufacturing are;

Cold Storage Services

Kenya loses between 30-50% of her perishable farm produce like vegetables, milk and meat to spoilage. You can tap into this area by constructing cold storage where clients can rent space to store their fresh produce. To reduce your costs, try solar powered cold rooms and coolers.

Maize Milling

Establish a poshomill business to buy cereals during the harvest period. Store them and and mill them in the shortage period. You will then Package flour and and sell it at a profit.

Milk Processing

This value addition business idea works by aggregating raw milk from small-scale farmers. You will sprocess it into yogurt, maziwa mala, and other value-added dairy products. Market this at a premium price

Fresh fruit juicing

Collect fruits, nutritious vegetables and other healthy herbs and spices to extract healthy juices for sale. Target these to helathy conscious consumers like those suffering from stomach ailments.

Food Joint

Establish a hotel, roadside food joint (kibanda) or restaurant business to sell cooked meat and other food products. You will source raw foods direct from farmers and add their value by cooking. To make more money and expand your market, use a popular food apps like Glovo or Jumia foods and make home deliveries.

Best Agribusiness ideas in food trade

Cereal business

As an investor in cereals business persons and re-bag major cereals, legumes and dry spices for sale . The most profitable cereals in Kenya are maize, beans, lentils as some of the fast moving goods. Make contact with farmers or traders to buy grains at a low price during the harvest period. Invest in good cereal storage to avoid wastage and losses to pests and moisture. Keep them until the market prices have improved.

You can sell cereals and flour to schools and flour millers can make you more money. To attract most profits, have a social media page since most people rely on them for initial online shopping

Learn more; How profitable is cereals business in Kenya.

Groceries kiosk

Informal road side kiosks (mama mboga kiosks) are one of the best performing small business idea in agribusiness sector. stock the fast moving items like fruits, cooked grains and vegetables for sales. Locate one in a busy estate along a busy feeder road with high traffic.

Produce Broker

What does the future have in store for the farming, food, and beverages industry? Understanding these trends will help you to make the right investment decisions. They include major happenings expected this year as well as the emerging issues in the recent past. The seven trends in agriculture to watch in Kenya are;

  • Sustainability given effects of climate risks
  • Rising cost of production and living
  • Introduction of GMOs foods in Kenya
  • Agritech development including smart farming

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