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Should you quit your job for farming?

Farming in Kenya is starting to change from being a way of life into farming as a business; Agribusiness. We have all heard the success stories from Kenyans  who either quit their job or decided to immediately start farming instead of looking for a job. All these stories are quite inspiring and tempting to the common Kenyan and we all ask ourselves what can we do so that we can achieve the same results as those successful farmers we see on TV. Maybe you are earning a very low salary and you are thinking of quiting your job but then again if you quit your job you might find it difficult to find another job that can pay you your current salary. Well I have only one advice that I hope will guide you in making the right decision in regard to either keeping your job or engage in farming

Take the risk

If you have enough money saved somewhere, researched about farming and the activity you want to do, even you have done training then why don’t you go ahead and see how it goes? If you do not take the risk you will never find out if you are good at it and generate the millions of money that you always dream about. Without risk there is no reward and in farming the rewards are usually very GOOD when you have done proper planning.

If you haven’t saved any money from your salary, no knowledge whatsoever about farming and no basic training then its advisable that you persevere and wait it out until you have saved and researched enough. You might end up regretting your decision when you incur losses because you were not prepared. If you are not a patient person the you need to start being one because nothing ever comes easy in this world.

For those who earn a good salary then you can balance between getting employed and operating your farm. With a good monthly salary, you can hire a farm manager to manage things for you at your farm. You can then visit the farm regularly to check on progress and financial records. The challenge of leaving your management to someone else who is far away from you is MIS-management! This is a common thing to many white collar farmers in Kenya. The best way to handle this problem to attend training workshops on how to manage your farm business from far so that you can get the knowledge on how to overcome this. If you are interested in joining such a workshop training let us know and we will connect you to one.

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I hope this article has been of help to you.So which category do you fall into?

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  • Joseph Boit

    Joseph is the founder of Graduate Farmer, a Kenyan online platform that provides resources and tools to help farmers improve their agricultural practices and increase their productivity. Joseph is a passionate follower of Christ and farmer who loves to use technology to make a positive impact on people's lives.

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  1. I’m currently employed and a farmer at the same time. Kindly connect me to an experienced and honest farm manager.I farm in Juja.

    1. Thats great. It is good to start small as you grow. Test your soil first before planting and ensure you have water for irrigation. Also when you purchase seeds tell the agrostores to give you hybrid seeds.

  2. Hi there? i would like to start dairy farming, i am currently employed in arabic state, and i would like to start a agribusiness back at home. plse advice on how i can start

  3. I’m in Nyeri and I’m employed. However I’ve always loved farming I actually do urban farming where I started with 14 chicken. I want to do distance farming and since I don’t have enough time help me find some good training on management preferably one that can be done on Sundays cos it’s only then I’m free.

  4. iam recently unemployed and thinking of following my passion…have a savings of 200k..currently in thika and seeking land to rent..plse advice

    1. surprise me if he is the spawn of Malcom Little. But unless this spawn was born in 1890 and residing in CT in the Spring of 1977 he STILL stole another person's SSN and is using for the past 25 years, STILL forged a Selective Service Registration form, STILL forged a LFCOLB and placed it on a government website, and FURTHER committed election fraud by using a false identity.

    2. Ok la tu bakal kita dah famous. Dan org putih pun dah tahu kehendak dia. Kan senang nak berurusan.Saipul tu satu perkara, tapi ada lagi yang nak jadi cam dia, org Bukit Aman lak. Bila mazhab ampu dan ugutan dijadikan Tuhan.

  5. Hi graduate farmer.Kudos for the great work you’re doing to promote agribusiness in Kenya.I have great passion for farming and I plan to establish my dairy farm starting small. I’m however in formal employment and would wish to start with distance farming before I quit employment to manage the farm myself. Kindly advise me on how i can take a dairy farming training program and a business plan before I start. Thank you.



    1. Hi Abel. Its good to hear you want to start engaging in serious farming. You can get practical dairy training by applying on our website and we will slot you in for the next active. session. The training is held at Baraka Farm Eldoret.

  6. hi..we have 50 acre of land in my village and my age is 30yr old. and we have lot of cashewnut trees, mangoes, and cocunut. should i quit my job and do farmer business

  7. am currently employed.I wish to do distant farming hence wish to attend training workshops on how to manage distant farming.Kindly connect me to such training if any in Nakuru or its environs.

  8. Great work you are doing. Kudos!
    Have quarter-acre plot in Kitengela, intend to start commercial kienyeji poultry farming. Live in same neighborhood but employed in Nairobi.
    Please advise.

  9. Hi.
    Please connect me to this training group who can offer this expertise. I’m currently employed and would like to engage in serious farming at the same time.


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