Most semi-arid areas in Kenya are the less fortunate, or there are minimal opportunities for agricultural cropping. Are you residing in a rural area and wondering what you can invest in with less money? This article is for you. Investing in a business is the best plan anyone can do, and be free to do other things. Also, technology has improved the business sector by far than in past years. Agriculture has been the backbone of our economy, and we should embrace it and invest heavily in it. Have you ever thought of beekeeping as an investment? If not, let’s talk about it today. Beekeeping is a nice investment plan that is very cheap to start and maintain.
In this article, we will be talking about beekeeping as a form of investment. Anyone can invest in this business because it does not need 24 hours presence. If we can bring income-generating opportunities to the less fortunate in society, would it not be a lifetime gain approach? More so, semi-arid areas have natural vegetation made up of various plant species suitable for bees to forage on. Let’s introduce the idea to you in an easy format as below.
The main product expected from beekeeping is honey. Honey takes three months to mature for harvesting. Natural honey is very healthy for our living; hence, it is very expensive. Is this not an opportunity we should take advantage of? If you invest heavily in beekeeping today, you harvest your first honey in three months. Assuming you have three beehives, each can produce at least 4kilograms of honey every harvesting period. The price of one kilogram of honey in Kenya today is around Ksh 800. In simple calculations, one hive will generate Ksh 2,800 every three months with a sum of Ksh 8,400. Is this not a nice opportunity to invest in, considering it is a hands-free business? Absolutely it is.
Do you know you can collect pollen grains from bees before they enter the hives and manufacture honey? Pollen is the easiest product to collect from beekeeping. Its price is also reasonable. This is the best product of the hives because you can collect up to 100grams in a week. Every 150 grams cost up to Ksh 500. From the assumption mentioned above, the three hives will give 300g of pollen every week, which will add up to Ksh 1,000. This must be the craziest deal in the beekeeping business.
1. Less starting capital.
Beekeeping is very simple and requires less capital to start. With Ksh 10,000, you start the business with two hives. Many businesses need a lot of capital to start, which makes most people not invest. The only cost you incur is buying the hives, which is very cheap as well.
2. No maintenance cost was incurred.
Beekeeping is one of the few businesses that need less or no maintenance. It is hands-free because once you have installed them in your homestead. You just look for the best position to place your hives and wait for bees to enter and form a colony. Then you wait until they manufacture the product you specialize in and only visit the place during the harvesting period.
We will be providing more information on this business opportunity in another post with calculations that show how much you can get as returns from the business. We will also provide details on where you can get ready market which will be buying products from farmers at reasonable prices.