Small Trees – Can They Make Big Profits?

Have you noticed an advertisement like this?

“Bonsai Tree, Desert Roses now available in Kenya, from as low as Ksh 4,500-50,000”.

Perhaps you thought: “Bei ghali!” But that can be good news for us if we grow and sell bonsai trees.bonsai-3125721_640

In this article from the Standard ‘Mombasa mum turns hobby into lucrative Bonsai venture‘, it describes how at the main entrance to Prachi Shah’s residence in Mombasa, pots full of Bonsai plants ranging from Baobab, Ficus, Desert rose, Powder Puff, Bougainvillea, Juniper, Maple tree and Jade dot the premises. The article continues:

“Depending on the species, Prachi makes at least Sh2,000 per tree. But there are others that cost between Sh20,000 and Sh25,000 per plant.”

How do you find out more and get started? Try the introductory video below from Iqbal Khan’s excellent (and of course, free) series of over 200 videos on the Mikbonsai YouTube channel.

If you enjoy the videos, remember to give them a ‘Like’ and subscribe to the channel, so you don’t miss any new videos.

Happy bonsai growing!


About Pumpmakers and solar pumps

PM Pumpmakers GmbH is an Austrian solar company, specializing in the research and development of power and water solutions, using renewable energy sources.

To meet the needs of a fast-growing market, Pumpmakers focuses on innovative solar pump systems for the supply of rural and urban drinking water, water well construction, water well drilling, and agricultural purposes.hand pump

Pumpmakers Solar Pumps can easily be set up in new water wells or to replace pre-installed water pumps, such as hand water pumps, generator-powered water pumps or windmill water pumps that are typically found in rural and remote areas.

Of particular interest to farmers is their Irrigation System, which is a drip irrigation system to irrigate fields with a size from 500m².

You can contact them here:


One Acre Fund’s Kenya Factsheet

“It fnally hit me—trees are equal to money!” Florence says, her voice blending into the sound of chirping birds around her.
There is not a single day I will lack anything as long as I still own trees.”

Read more in One Acre Fund’s Kenya Factsheet, which is available at:


Youth Agro-Environment Initiative will hold training on OYSTER MUSHROOM FARMING on Saturday August 10th 2013.

The training will take place between 10:00 am – 3:pm at the Kenya Institute of Organic Farming, located in Juja, a few kilometres from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

Charges are Ksh 3500 per person.

Call 0714211644 or email to book a place


Oyster Mushroom Training Manual

Video about their Oyster Mushroom Training Manual from BioSafe Technologies (, +254 729248)

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The latest version of New Agriculturist on CD

The latest version of New Agriculturist on CD is now available. If you would like to request the latest edition of the New Agriculturist CD-Resource they would be pleased to send you a copy.
This new CD contains articles published in the online journal New Agriculturist, up to April 2011.

This is an invaluable resource for anybody with an interest in agriculture in Kenya. Past articles have included:

Making the most of mighty moringa

Growing demand for Kenya’s khat

Wastewater irrigation empowers Kenya’s urban farmers

Commercialising biotech crops – the global picture

The food miles debate

The impact of Rift Valley fever in Kenya

To request a copy – please send your name and full postal address to post[AT] or o.frost[AT] or fill in the online form.
If you have any comments/feedback on how you have used the CD resource – they would much appreciate them: so remember to carry your camera.


Kenyan Villagers to be Carbonised

Villagers in Western Kenya are the latest participants in a project to calculate how much carbon can be stored in trees and soils when the land is managed in sustainable, climate-friendly ways. The Carbon Benefits Project has been launched in communities in and around Lake Victoria by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Agroforestry Centre and other key partners. Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the project is already under way in Niger, Nigeria and China, where scientists are developing a system for measuring, monitoring and managing carbon in a diverse range of landscapes. Under the UN Climate Change Convention and its Kyoto Protocol, developed countries can offset some of their greenhouse gas emissions by paying developing economies for implementing clean and renewable energy projects such as wind, solar and geothermal power.

“Farming carbon alongside farming crops is just one of the tantalizing prospects emerging as a result of the world’s urgent need to combat climate change,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “Some industrialized countries are considering investing tens of billions of dollars in capturing carbon off the smoke stacks of power stations and burying underground.

(Source: UN News Centre, 11 May 2009)