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Million Dollar Money Making Ideas in the Semi Arid Regions of Kenya

As the principle stands, there is always a money making idea in each and every location in the world. Nothing to question about this fact, and to even prove it farther, just consider how different people survive in different climates! There is always an economic activity taking place whenever you keenly observe an area. This article will touch on one very easily, applicable and proven money making idea that you can use in semi arid areas to employ yourself right here in Kenya.

Let’s hit the nail on the head! Take the country of Israel and what sustains its economy? It's exactly this money making idea which am about to tell you! Which is,-: PLANTING OF TRESS FOR FRUIT PRODUCTION. Mark you, Israel is among the top three world producer and exporter of fruits. This industry has created jobs for millions and millions of Israelis as well as people from other places in the world. For instance the bigger percent of all apple juice and fruits coming into Kenya is from Israel.

You want to know why this is an easily applicable money making idea?

This is the formula, acquire your land in one of these semi arid areas cheaply and plant any of your confirmed and preferred fruit trees. With just little cash you can be extremely sure of obtaining a good number of acres since people disregard dry places, hence land is cheap. Give your fruit trees 2 - 3 years and you can begin to harvest immensely depending on the tree.

What are the economic advantages of fruit tree planting?  

- Seedlings are very cheap and readily available
- Less involving since you only take care of the fruit trees when they are small 
- Most fruit trees are less susceptible to diseases
- High returns when ready for harvest
- Less prone to insect attacks compared to other food crops
-Ready market in every due season
- You only plant once and harvest many times  

So what trees can you plant for fruit production and make money with your idea?

There are quite a good number of fruit trees but it depends with the climate and soil of that particular area. Below is a list of fruit trees you can plant in Kenya purposely to make money, it also contains some detailed ideas to help get the picture of the tree's characteristics;

- Lemon Tree

   > One seedling cost between ksh15 -20
  > does very well in hot climate
  > It's light green in color
  > Also known as citrus lemon
  > Overall mature plant height is 10 - 20 feet tall 
  > Immense production in due season

 
- Fig
  > One seedling cost between ksh30 -40
  > Does well in sunny climate
  > Height of 10-30 feet
  > Requires a well drained soil
  > Can do better around water basin
  > Fruits are yellowish greenish when ripe

- Apple

  > Seedling cost ksh35 - 50
  > This is the most and highly adapted fruit all over the world
  > It’s also the most popularly eaten in the globe
  > Does better in hot temperatures
  > Require well aerated soil with average drainage
  > Mostly planted in 3 zones
  > Plant height is between 6-40 feet tall depending on the physical     factors

- Avocado

  > Seedling cost ksh10-25
  > Can as well survive in hot areas
  > Huge in size and dark green in color
  > With heavy and glossy leaves
  > Stem thickness of between 20 to 38 centimeters
  > Takes 3 to 5 year to mature depending in the area and species  

- Orange

  > Seedling costs ksh10- 25 
  > Does well in hot wet climate
  > Tree is green in color when growing with stiff leaves
  > Fruits are green while unripe but turns yellow when ripe
  > Overall plant height is 10-40 feet tall depending on the area

- Grape

  > Seedling costs 25 - 80
  > Does best in well aerated and drained soil
  > Highly tolerant to hot climate
  > Fruits are small and purple in color
  > Give massive production per cluster
  > Plant height is between 4-10 feet tall and grown in 4-10 zones

 -Mango

  > Seedling costs ksh10 - 30
  > Highly grown in dry semi arid regions
  > Has different varieties
  > Generally does great in hot & semi-wet areas
  > Best soil is loamy-clay which is well aerated
  > Plant height 10 - 40 feet tall also depending in the area temperatures

- Plum

  > Seedling costs ksh10 -35
  > Grown in hot wet regions, but highly tolerant
  > Color of tree: light green
  > Color of ripe fruits: red, but greenish red when unripe
  > Planted in zone between 2-9
  > Plant height is 8-25 feet tall
  > Has a very wide variety, from hardy small cherries and sandy to bigger ones.

How do you know whether the fruit tree will grow in your region?

There are two ways in which you can conclude whether a certain tree will grow in your location and this include;

1. Chemical analysis
2. Natural application

Chemical analysis is the scientific way of analyzing the chemical makeup of the species in relation to the preferred planting region. It entails the study of biological and adaptation properties of the particular fruit plant that you want to grow. This looks at the nature of leaves, and chemical processes like photosynthesis and transpiration.

While Natural Application is the practical trial: whereby you introduce the seedling of the opted tree into the region. With this you wait and see how the tree cops with the new environment, a technique which many Kenyans use.

This money making ideas is very unique since not many people have discovered it. And for those who know it, only a few have taken steps to implement. Reason being that it is a slow-growing investment? But I don't think so! Just think of Israel’s economy! The more and highly stable investments always take time to mature! And they pay greatly in the long run. Have a big time as you think of being your OWN BOSS right here in Kenya or at whatever place you are!

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