Wednesday, December 14, 2011

10 Ways to Earn a Living from Agriculture Without Owning a Farm


Juice from different organic fruits in Uganda



  1. Know the agricultural market prices of food items from different towns or countries (supply + demand). Know what people want and supply it. Buy the food items from places where it is sold cheaply and sell it in places where the food items are demanded highly, thus sold more expensively.

  2. Solve farmer's problems. For instance, many farmers cannot tell fake seeds from genuine high production seeds. Provide the best seeds, pesticides, 

  3. Train farmers in 5 skills required to run a successful agricultural business. The 5 skills that each farmer needs are: group management, savings and financial management, basic business and marketing, technology and innovation, natural resource management for sustainable production.

  4. Buy raw produce from farmers and add value to it. For instance buying ripe bananas, oranges, tomatoes; using the solar fruit drying process, packing and selling them off in supermarkets at higher prices than what the ripe fruits cost.

  5. Set up Cereal bank to store food items. Buy food in seasons of plenty, store it in a food store or cereal bank and sell it off the community at a profit in times of scarcity. Maize, rice, beans, wheat, cassava are often the most demanded for items during dry seasons.

  6. Sell genuine agricultural tools and equipment at affordable rates or on hire purchase scheme. Much of the agricultural machinery is very expensive making many farmers unable to afford them. Selling off genuine tools on a hire purchase scheme to farmers or farmer groups allows more farmers to afford and improve food production.

  7. Offer to help farmers with managing their ICT matters (websites, online presence, SMS, proposals etc). Do not ask for money upfront but have a contract with them that you take a 50% share for any proceeds from your work. Many farmers are ignorant on how information communication technologies (ICTs) can improve production and success of their agricultural farms. They will only be interested and willing to spend money on it if the ICTs start producing results.

  8. Connect farmers with with local and markets abroadBuying at lower prices and exporting the produce abroad in large quantities. This can be flowers or food items all nicely packed ready to be bought off supermarket shelves.

  9. Make a mobile phone App that helps farmers improve production. For instance, a mobile phone application that warns farmers about when the next rainy or dry season is going to be or any other related weather information that may affect their farm produce. The app should work with ordinary phones as well smartphones.

  10. Provide a truck to transport farmers products from their villages to the towns and share the profits. Most rural farmers sell their produce so cheaply because they have no means to transport it off to towns where they would get paid much more than what the community where they live offers.

  11. You may also be interested in our article on how to earn $25,000 per month running an agricultural business. Our agricultural resources section is also full of links to ideas for youth in agriculture. 
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