26-twelve months-dilapidated, MBULA MWENDWA is an Economics pupil at Catholic University of East Africa. A ways off from her analysis, she has ventured exact into a profitable agribusiness. She farms worms and harvests ‘worm juice’. Mbula chats with CHARLES GACHANGO about her uncommon commerce…
Show me a couple of worm farm…
I listing a worm farm as a compost that’s plump of are residing worms that feed on organic family waste.
How mighty capital did it be crucial to accomplishing on this commerce?
Effectively, for the worm farm on my own, no longer alongside with diversified ventures on the farm, we started with Sh100,000. We bought our starting up inventory from JKUAT. We sold 25kgs of worm compost (soil with worms) at Sh2,500 per kg. That became Sh62,500. We breed our worms in plastic beds necessary to decide 220-litre drums in narrate to invent them. Our dad gave us the starting up capital. It’s family owned.
Is that this commerce what you web for a plump time job?
Fully Yes. The elegance of our products is that they’re organic. The cost of production will not be any longer on the increased raze for vermiculture (worm farming) and the returns are exact as a consequence of we’ve a actually exact product, our customers are ceaselessly coming help for more. We invent gargantuan quantities, and with the diversified ventures in the farm, it’s miles a profitable commerce.
The set aside attain you web your worms from?
In the in the intervening time we don’t must web worms from anyplace. Now we have got grown our farm, seriously, that we’re suppliers of worms.
What’s worm juice? Resolve me via the route of of harvesting it?
Worm juice is the liquid mild from a worm farm. Its legitimate identify is vermiliquid or worm tea. It has furthermore been dubbed “liquid gold” as a consequence of it incorporates billions of microbes that are actually exact to your crops and soil. It’s pretty easy to invent the juice. It’s essential a worm compost, which you feed with organic waste mostly from the kitchen. Then you hydrate the compost by alongside with water to it. We attain it twice a week. The amount of water would rely on the dimension of the compost but be clear that the compost isn’t water logged. That’s about all it be crucial to attain. The worms literally attain the comfort.
Who are your customers?
Any individual with a farm that grows greens, maize, beans and fruits is our client. Vermiliquid is gargantuan for more than a couple of crops.
How mighty attain you promote the worm juice and the scheme attain you package it?
We promote both worms and the vermiliquid. A 1kg salvage of worm goes for Sh2,500 and the beauty of our compost is it has a high concentration of worms, no longer soil. The worm tea is packed in 1 litre, 5 litres, 10 litres,20 litres, 100 litres and above 100 litres. For retail, we promote a litre at Sh380 whereas anything else over 100 litres goes for Sh280.
This sounds adore a no longer so familiar belief, what is the response from your customers?
Simplest a couple of farmers have heard of and even dilapidated vermiliquid of their farms. When we realised this, we determined to give out free samples to the native farmers to confirm out out of their farms and feedback became effective. And moreover they came help for more. This time to decide.
Apart from worm juice what diversified companies may perchance presumably per chance furthermore furthermore be supplied at your farm?
Mt Zion organic farm is located in Kamutonga Gardens, Kangundo sub county in Machakos. Now we have got dairy cows..around 30. The dairy share is managed by our mother. We furthermore rear rabbits and procure their urine which is rich in ammonia. We for the time being have about 74 rabbits. Our dad is restructuring the rabbit share in narrate to magnify the urine series to about 400 litres a week. Urine series is a long way slower than worm juice series. In the in the intervening time, our dad is setting up structures for organic fertilizer production (granulated), whose ingredients will most likely be all organic and alongside with rabbit urine moreover to worm juice.
You philosophize that here is 100 per cent organic product…
Yes. It’s. We handiest utilize organic kitchen waste and water, moreover to cow dung and banana leaves as additives to the compost.
Why would possibly want to farmers web into consideration the worm juice as a change of the authorized fertilizer?
It enriches vitamins concentration and water retention capability of the soil, it ensures negatively offensive chemical substances which weaken soil vitamins are grossly diminished, ensures fastening of converse by giving vitamins via both the leaves and roots.
How dilapidated is the commerce? What has been your greatest disclose to this level?
The farm is about five years dilapidated but the worm commerce is about two years dilapidated. We started at the raze of 2018. Our greatest disclose since we started became the truth that rather a couple of farmers had no longer heard of worm juice. Capital to lengthen the commerce to meet the search info from is furthermore a disclose.
What’s the route of of blending the juice with soil? Produce you recommendation farmers on how to make utilize of it?
Worm juice wishes to be diluted. We present farmers to make utilize of about 250mls for a 20 l jerrican of water.
What are your future plans?
We intend on growing exponentially, being ready to provide organic fertilizer, both granulated moreover to liquid, internal all of Kenya moreover to the foreign market.
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