Growing vegetables for human consumption is a profitable business venture. While vegetable farming can be fascinating, it also requires continuous hard work, patience and dedication without being distracted by anything else. But all the hard work will never go in vain. Mother earth is one of the most generous paymasters and any farmer undertaking vegetable farming will definitely strike gold. Vegetarianism as a movement is spreading all over the world. Apart from religious reasons, people are turning vegetarian due to health compulsions too. There are many who want to support animal welfare or conserve natural resources. Whether it is for ethical reasons or promoting animal rights, switching to a vegetarian diet ensures lesser carbon emissions thereby helping the environment greatly.
There is always a great demand for seasonal vegetables. It is a safe bet. A clear understanding of three factors — the market demand, the natural resources available and maintaining the product quality can help a farmer succeed. Once success is achieved the farmer can move on to cultivate exotic crops. There will always be a demand for fresh vegetables and fruits locally. Integrated farming is a technique that is gaining popularity all over the world. A portion of the land can be set aside for vermi composting.Vermi compost is the best soil-nutrient for not only does it help the soil retain moisture but also reduces water consumption by almost 25 per cent. If the farmer can have a few cows, then the dairy unit can be attached to the composting unit so that the cattle dung can be easily utilized for the process without much labor involvement. Integrated organic farming does not merely mean not using pesticides. It also comprises many other practices such as bee keeping, dairy management, biogas production, water harvesting and composting. A good combination of all these practices is sure to make organic farming successful, both ecologically and financially. Using solar power on the farm can make this venture more profitable. Marketing the organically grown produce will not be difficult as the quality is sure to draw customers as news spreads by word of mouth. Slowly as the business grows, farmers can contract their produce to wholesalers and for export too.
Kenya Vegetarian Club reached out to 200 farmers around Kisumu County by April 2016 and has imparted the knowledge of vegetable farming, studying the weather, improving the quality of soil and the crops and also explained to them about the available marketing channels to sell the vegetables. KVC is also reaching out to more and more farmers convincing them to grow more vegetables and consume the produce themselves and sell the surplus. KVC aims to reach out to atleast 1000 farmers and other small business communities linked with farming directly or indirectly in the near future.