Meet Kenyan teenager making fortune out of agribusiness

The Kenyan gab between those employed and unemployed seems not narrow anytime soon.

But some Kenyans are making fortune out of agribusiness with poultry and horticulture topping the list agribusiness income earners

According to Ishmael Okeyo third year university at Moi university agribusiness is enabling him to pay school fees and pay other bills at the university. Ishmael says He started practicing agribusiness two years ago after being inspired by his uncle.

“I started agribusiness after being inspired by my Uncle whom I visited in Eldoret on my first visit to do registration at the university. By then he wasn’t doing that serious business in the farm. My uncle had planted tomatoes in a greenhouse besides this he had poultry too, said Ishmael

Ishmael recalls how things were difficult when he first wanted to acquire a piece of land to start the agribusiness, He says it took him so many days before he got someone who was ready to rent him a piece of land. Ishmael says around the campus people were busy constructing rental premises because rental housing was a booming because of the demand from students.

Ishmael decided to go into poultry rearing, he went for expert advice on how to construct a poultry structure for chickens, and he constructed a small house that was pocket-friendly.

With the help of an expert I decided to go for a pocket-friendly structure and after I had constructed the structure I decided to use google as my instructor, I used to source my information from the internet on how to bring chicks in a comfortable way,” said Ishmael

He started with 100 chickens and after they had matured he used to collect a total of 70 eggs on a day and after sometime, Ishmael added more chickens and today he has more than 700 chickens,

I started with 100 chickens but today I have an average of 700 chickens, I collect a total of  11 creates on a day this amounts to 77 creates in a week and 2,310 creates every a total of Ksh. 70,000 a month.

poultry coop where chicken are housed; picture by Davis Bwayo – Bizna Kenya

He says his poultry consumes two sacks every day, one bag costs 1250 per bag this means his chicken expenditure takes around Ksh. 55,000 per month Ishmael says he banks Ksh. 15,000 every month, apart from this he also sells old chickens at Ksh. 500 with an average of 30 chickens every month making Ksh. 15,000.

“With this project, I am able to comfortably study and pay my rent here on campus, I also have a passion in horticulture that I do sometimes. I plant vegetables and tomatoes”

Finally, Ishmael had an advice to the young generation; He says the young generation should not just focus on white collar jobs and instead explore their potential where they believe they can do better.

Get out of your comfort zone and use your talents well, if footballers are making fortune out of football this is a pure talent, we have so many things that we can do to make a living and stop relying on politicians and the government.

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