If you are a businessman and you are looking for a financial breakthrough, then the idea of growing tree tomato is a precise way of doing just that. The fruit is tremendously gaining momentum in the market and the demand is super high.
The interesting part of this type of fruit is that it requires minimum care and could be done as a side hustle rather than a full time job. A farmer with an acre of land can earn more than a million annually through tree-tomato farming. However, the following should be considered before you decide to invest.
Availability of land
You definitely require land for you to invest in farming, the question you should ask yourself is, do I buy land or lease. Well, Grafted Tree tomatoes start producing after 8 months and has a lifespan of more than 12 years. However, the tree reaches maturity in its third year where depending on the care given, one tree can produce more than 40kgs per annum.
The ideal piece of land is one that is fertile and well drained. Preferably located in a place with adequate supply of water and relatively calm winds. This is to say you can plant your tree tomatoes in places like Central Kenya, Western, parts of Nyanza, Taita Taveta and even parts of Rift Valley. The fruits can even grow in semi-arid areas provided there is adequate water to irrigate them (in addition to mulching).
For those who own lands, what are you waiting for? The rest can do the math, whether its cost effective to buy or lease a piece of land. However, if you have to lease, make it count by leasing for more than five years.
Apart from tilling the land and preparing the holes you will need to buy a water tank. This will come in handy during dry seasons because tree tomatoe farming in kenya require adequate watering at least once a week.
Plant only Grafted certified tree tomato seedlings
An acre piece of land requires around 1000 tree tomato plants. Ensure you only buy seedlings from certified seed beds, there you are assured of quality, (never by seedlings along the road). Regardless of the size of your land, you can start small. This means that even with a ¼ acre, you can become a tree-tomato farmer and make a difference in life.
Oxfarm organic Ltd is a registered company which deals with all types of fruit seedlings, we have certified tree tomato seedlings which we sell to our esteemed customers as well as guiding them on how to plant and care for them.
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Plant and wait
Plant the seedlings, keep caring for the farm and wait for about 8 months. Normally, that is the time it takes to see the first fruits. And one more thing…remember to set aside a small budget for insecticides because aphids can sometimes be a bother.
Market for high quality fruits is always available. In fact by the time your first crop matures you will start to receive calls from potential buyers. But other than that, you can recruit a few young unemployed people to be retailing the fruits in shopping centers and bus stops near your place.
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Of course, the bigger the land, the better the returns. On average a single tree produces 40Kilograms of fruit per year (harvested once a week). So using the 1 acre farm as an example and assuming you planted 1000 plants, we cann calculate our minimum expectations.
1000 trees x 40 Kgs x 100 (Price per Kilo) = Ksh 4, 000, 000 per year. (Ksh 333,333 per month)
Remember, this is a very minimalistic approach and you can even make more money if you are really serious about it.
The idea of growing tree-tomato has reached its peak and people are making money. Its just a matter of time, you can as well start today and make money through farming. There is freedom in farming, you are your own boss, you decide your own path and the growth is unlimited.