Loss making farm enterprises

Dont risk in these farming businesses, Losses are guaranteed

Farming is a challenging business, and not all methods guarantee profits, even with advancements in agricultural technology.

While new methods may increase production, their high initial costs can lead to losses that cannot be recovered by the entire project.

Although these methods may show great results in terms of production, the cost of implementation often supersedes the profits gained.

 As a result, many projects last for only a year, leaving behind empty structures.

 In this article, we will explore five loss-making farm enterprises

  1. : storey gardens
  2. , hydroponics
  3. , vertical farming
  4. , mushroom farming
  5. , and organic farming.

Storey Gardens

Storey gardens were widely promoted by non-government organizations as a way to make small households food-secure.

These gardens help farmers produce more on small land, but the only crops that do well in them are basic vegetables such as kale, spinach, and indigenous vegetables.

Farmers often don’t break even because these vegetables have low prices, leaving them with idle structures.

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Hydroponic farming

Hydroponics farming

Hydroponics is the art of growing crops using water as the medium.

Although it may produce high-quality vegetables, consumers in the Kenyan agricultural market are price-sensitive.

They don’t care whether the lettuce or spinach was grown in hydroponics or outdoors.

As a result, the high cost of hydroponics with a high probability of failure leads to low returns and finally losses.

vertical gardens

Vertical gardens, despite their high initial investment costs, are not sustainable.

Crop roots grow Krogh, while soil nutrient replenishment leads to low yields over time.

While vertical farming is good for strawberries, if you don’t have a ready market for strawberries, it can turn into a loss-making venture.


Mushroom farming

Mushroom farming is one of the most intensive farming enterprises in Kenya.

Although consumption is growing, getting a ready market for newbies is very hard, leaving farmers at the mercy of established farmers-turned-brokers.

The low prices paid cannot sustain farming, and within a few months, farmers quit, leaving empty structures behind.

Organic farming

Organic farming is the growing of crops without using synthetic chemicals to control pests and diseases.

Although it may produce good quality yield, most pests have mutated, making them hard to control using biological methods.

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In Kenya, the market for organic food is low as consumers’ preferences are price-based, not quality-based.

As a result, organic farming is expensive to price, requiring farmers to sell at high prices to make some profits.

To make money in organic farming, farmers need time, with over three years required to develop a network of consumers.

In conclusion, story gardens, hydroponics, vertical farming, mushroom farming, and organic farming are the worst enterprises for making fast losses.

The main beneficiaries are the promoters and sellers of the greenhouses and other equipment used.

Before venturing into any of these methods, ensure you carry out a cost analysis to identify how viable it is


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