Why Rosemary Farming In Kenya Makes Sense Especially For Busy Professionals
Reason #1. Easy to maintain, and manage–than any other crop.
Let me explain:
As a busy professional you need a farming side hustle that will not give you stress.
You want something that will take less of your money and time, at the same time giving you a decent return.
You don’t want to wake up one morning to learn that your crops have been eaten by some neighbors cows…
Neither do you want to get reports that you require to spend thousands of shillings on pesticide or disease to control and outbreak…
… or your plants are almost drying up because your farmhand quit without notice and nobody was left to irrigate your farm.
With rosemary farming… such things are unheard of.
The rosemary plant is a SUPER hardy plant.
- Resistant to drought–which means lower irrigation costs and worries about dry weather,
- An amazing pest repellant–so you’ll rarely incur spaying costs,
- Rarely attracts thieves, unlike maize, beans, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelons or onions.
- Cows, goats, pigs, and other domestic animals cannot graze on rosemary–even if they are hungry as hell–So you’ll never get disturbing reports that zebras, cows, hippos or elephants have destroyed your crops. Isn’t this amazing?
- Rosemary farming requires little to no fertilizer–hence low input requirements!
Reason #2. Low Startup Costs Yet High Profits
I agree with you start up costs are a big concern considering the current state of the economy.
Rosemary farming costs are so low that you may not believe it.
Let us begin by looking at the most important resource you need:
The land to grow your rosemary.
When it comes to land, some people often say, “I don’t have enough land to begin rosemary farming.”
Well… The truth is:
“You don’t need lots of land to begin growing rosemary in Kenya.”
With 1-2 acres, you’ll have enough land for the rosemary herb.
And getting this size of land is very easy even if you don’t own any land at all.
You may ask.
All you need is to simply lease the land and you are good to go!
And the most beautiful thing about leasing land is: “There are lots of people willing to lease their land in Kenya.”
In many areas around the country, you can lease one acre of land for between Ksh 3500-11,000 per year.
And this is pocket change considering the income you’ll get from growing rosemary in Kenya.
Reason #3. Low perishability of Rosemary
Postharvest handling is a key thing anyone farming rosemary must consider.
The good news is “Rosemary happens to be one of the few crops that stay for LONG without going bad or loosing quality.
You can sell rosemary as fresh herbs, or dried herbs.
If you wish to add more vale to the crop, you can extract rosemary essential oils that you can sell at amazing profits!
Reason #4. Little experience required to begin Growing Rosemary
Growing rosemary is not rocket science.
A few hours of learning, reading good books and field practice will convert you into an rosemary growing expert.
Reason #5. Insane Market Demand for Rosemary and Prices for Rosemary:
Just imagine this:
One Kilo of Rosemary goes for Ksh 400– and from 1 acre you can harvest over 180 kilos of fresh rosemary herbs every 2 weeks.
The sweetest part–you’ll can harvest throughout the year.
Rosemary is indeed the crop that gives you consistent cash flow throughout the year.
Want more proof that rosemary has thousands of buyers across the world?
Here’s the proof. You can follow the links for more details!
How to Begin Your Rosemary Farm Easily and Cheaply
You’ll need the following things:
- Planting material (Rosemary cuttings/seedlings),
- A suitable rooting powder the best being anatone 3,
- Secateurs to help you cut the cuttings into shape and size,
- Potting tubes
- Soil or any suitable growth media,
- Suitable land to grow your rosemary seedlings.
I will explain details about each of the above.
Don’t miss to read about each of them if you want to enjoy success farming rosemary in Kenya.
Let’s get started…
Planting Material to Begin Your Rosemary Farm
To begin your rosemary farm you will need seedlings.
And to have the seedlings there are two ways to go about it, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Let’s start with method 1.
Method #1: Buying seedlings.
This method of beginning your farm will require significant startup costs.
Let me explain why this is so.
In one acre, you will require 30,000 plants.
Now suppose you buy each seedling for Ksh 30, you will need Ksh 900,000 as an investment on seedlings.
The advantage of this method is you can begin your farm as soon as tomorrow as long as you buy the seedlings.
Method #2 Growing your Own Seedlings
Now, this is a cheaper option. But it will take up to 3 months to get started.
To begin using this method, you will have to buy Rosemary Cuttings which sell for Ksh 400 per kilo.
After you buy the cuttings, the next step will be to root the cuttings.
This will require that you dip the cuttings in a rooting powder, then plant the cuttings in soil or suitable growth media.
Then you maintain the cuttings for 2-3 months until they have developed roots.
Once this is done, you transfer the seedlings to potting tubes filled with soil, and let them grow until they reach a height of 15-20 cm before you can transplant them to the open field.
Though this method is cheaper than the first method, its much slower.
The other advantage of this method is your farm will begin making profit from the first year.
This is a necessary ingredient if you want to begin your rosemary farm from cuttings.
The good news is that with only Ksh 400, you’ll get sufficient rooting material for 1 acre of rosemary cuttings.
This is a very important tool that you’ll not only need when you begin your farm.
You’ll also use it in the future to harvest your herbs.
In one acre, you need 6-7 Secateurs.
Soil to Fill your Potting Tubes
The advantage of this is it is available everywhere.
To acquire soil for potting tubes, visit local nurseries or garden centers.
Opt for a nutrient-rich mix suitable for seedlings. Ensure it provides proper aeration and drainage.
Verify the soil’s composition, favoring a blend of peat, perlite, and vermiculite.
Purchase bags labeled for seed starting, emphasizing a fine texture.
Consider organic options devoid of harmful chemicals.
When filling potting tubes, pack the soil gently to avoid compaction.
Prioritize a balanced pH level. Alternatively, explore online platforms for convenient soil delivery.
Remember, the key is securing a fertile, well-draining medium that nurtures seedlings as they embark on their journey to flourishing plants.
The Right Environment for Growing Rosemary that gives amazing yields and profits!
In cultivating thriving rosemary, creating the ideal environment is paramount.
This aromatic herb, known for its fragrant needle-like leaves and versatility, flourishes in specific conditions that mimic its native Mediterranean habitat.
To foster optimal growth, provide rosemary with plenty of sunlight.
Aim for at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily, positioning the plant in a south-facing location for the best exposure.
Rosemary prefers well-draining soil, replicating the rocky, sandy soils of its origin.
Ensure the soil pH remains slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0.
Amend the soil with organic matter like compost to enhance fertility while maintaining the desired texture.
Proper watering is crucial.
Rosemary thrives in slightly dry conditions, so allow the soil to dry out between watering sessions.
When irrigating, provide a deep soak rather than frequent shallow watering.
Utilize a watering schedule that aligns with the plant’s needs, considering factors such as climate and soil moisture.
Maintain good air circulation around the rosemary plant to prevent fungal issues.
Adequate spacing between plants facilitates air movement, reducing the risk of diseases that thrive in stagnant conditions.
What Other People are Saying about Rosemary Farming!
“Rosemary enjoys vibrant growth in these areas of Kenya: Imenti in Meru, Kikambala on the North Coast, the shores of Lake Nakuru in the Rift Valley, Kiambu and Murang’a in Central Province and Gilgil on the east-rift.”
“Growing commercially rosemary plants for fresh/dry stems or essential oil has become a new trend in agribusiness during the last two decades. The reason is first that the rosemary essential oil is nowadays used in a variety of industries and there is an increasing demand (that in some cases hardly meets supply). Secondly, the plant is fairly easy to grow and manage, while it rarely suffers from diseases. Once established, healthy and mature plants can produce sustainably good yields for over a decade.”
“Did you know that Kenya Rosemary is among the best in the world? This evergreen herb has strong anti-fungal, antiseptic abilities which makes it lucrative in the international market.”
Overcoming Challenges in Rosemary Farming in Kenya
- Lack of market information:
Without access to reliable market information, Kenyan farmers face a daunting challenge in making informed decisions about what to grow and how to sell their crops.
This knowledge gap often leads to unfavorable prices and reduced profitability, leaving farmers struggling to thrive.
- Limited access to finance:
Securing financial resources is a significant hurdle for many small-scale farmers in Kenya looking to invest in their rosemary farms.
The lack of access to finance not only impedes their growth but also discourages aspiring farmers from venturing into the rosemary farming industry.