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Mkulima Young is an initiative that aims to encourage the youth to engage in agricultural issues. Young farmers are plagued with problems affecting their productivity and marketing where middlemen offer meager prices for their produce, delays with payments and expensive farm inputs.
Mkulima Young is connecting young farmers and those aspiring them with each other in a virtual space.
Here is one of the many inspirational stories from Mkulima Young
Samson Ndung'u was a household name in the boda boda sheds of Saba Saba town, Murang'a town.
Like many youth who are unable to proceed with education after secondary school education, Ndung'u was recruited by a local businessman to be his boda boda rider.
"I was expected to give him Sh 300, every day, come rain come sunshine," says the 23 year old Ndung'u.
Like many boda boda riders, his bike had a radio mounted on it. As he listened to a Mkulima Young radio programmes, Ndungu heard how young people were making money in agriculture. He decided to venture in it at his parents' farm.
Today, Ndung'u's departure from the boda boda sheds in March this year is perhaps the best thing that has happened to his life so far.
From a meager Sh 300 earnings a day, Ndung'u is now able to rake in Sh 24,000 a month from his farm.
"I get at least Sh 6,000 every week. I guess this is more than the salary of a teacher or many civil servants. I am happy in the shamba," he says.
Ndung'u plants tomatoes, spinach, cucumber, and capsicum which he sells to traders from as far as Thika town.
Market for his produce is no longer a problem. It was jumpstarted by the Mkulima Soko, the marketing platform of Mkulima Young's digital youth farmers hub.
"I had a cheap phone that had no internet. I bought a digital phone and I now just take the pictures, post them on the Soko website and calls start streaming in," says Ndung'u.
He urges his fellow youth to discard the notion that having a job is only when one is employed. He says self-employment is quite stress free
"During my boda boda days, my heart would beat fast if I had not made enough money for the owner of the bike. Today, people come to my farm and leave me with money," he says
See more here: http://www.mkulimayoung.com