People are economical with the truth. In addition, few people would like to be bearers of bad news. So they focus on the sweet spot and avoid the harsh reality. But I’ll be more frank with you and hand you the bitter pill. Dependency on one source of income is suicidal.
And while I’m not against getting your dream job, In fact, I have one myself, you must look for other alternatives in today’s economy. Not unless your job gives you over $200,000 a year and you have enough freedom to spend time with your family whenever and however you want, you need alternatives. There are umpteen businesses you can initiate but personally, I’d chose Agribusiness anytime, every time. Which other industry offers little to no tax opportunities? I guessed so. And not just any Agribusiness. How about making over $20,000 per year growing passion fruits. That’s massive income for a side hustle. Yes, it’s possible: But a word of caution, farming isn’t for everyone and you’re better off with your patronizing boss. Second, it’s not a get rich quick scheme. Third, you’ve got to have the skill necessary to succeed or be ready to learn, and finally, it’s true that you can quit your day job, invest in farming and thrive rather than survive. You can even go out on holidays for several weeks and not have to worry. Passion Fruit Farming Ninjas: Case Studies of farmers crashing it Meet Grace Cheptoo from Bureti Constituency. She was a committed farmer growing tea and pineapples. As you might have noticed, tea and pineapple are among the highest value crops. Except there’s one more crop that beat the two combined. At least according to Grace who ditched tea and pineapples altogether to start a passion fruit farm. With a capital investment of Kshs.64,000, she invested in her 0.2-acre land. Her journey had just begun. She started with no specific market in mind and paid a huge price for it. She had to personally hawk her fruits to the neighbors to recoup her investment. But farming is one of the few businesses that really forgives our mistakes if you just stick to it long enough. With her commitment, she was finally forgiven and success finally smiled at her. In no time, she was earning awesome returns through exporting her passion fruits to Uganda, Guatemala, and Belgium. She went on to registering her own successful company. On a good month, Grace could harvest over 480 kilos of passion fruit, making Ksh.33,600 on an average. To learn more about Grace’s story, head over here. The story about Grace’s success in passion fruit farming in Kenya might have hit the headlines, but that was not the only story. There was more: In Karurumo sub-location, Embu, Morris Njiru Ndwiga, is an assistant chief. Aside from being a government administrator, Morris had an unconditional interest in farming. He started initially as a tomato farmer. Having no solid background in farming, he made great losses as a result of pest and diseases. But, it wasn’t his fault. Tomato is one of the trickiest vegetables to grow with least experience. The crop is very susceptible to pest and when a pest like Tuta absoluta strike, you won’t have much choice. Not knowing what to do when this happen could be deadly. Morris would have chosen to give up but he didn’t. Instead, he decided to change the crop. As they say, if you can’t win the game, change the rules. He lost the game when he decided to plant tomatoes but changed the rules to venture into passion fruits. He invested Ksh.1,800 at first in the venture and rest was history. He sold his passion fruits to Wilmar flowers company at Ksh.40 per kilogram but still managed to get over Kshs.100,000 every time. Get more of Morris story by clicking here. And then there’s Clement Odongo from Siaya. Like all the local farmers in the region, Clement used to grow maize for income and to feed his family. He later realized there were farmers in other parts of the country making good money growing passion fruits. So, he took