Move to plant trees made Wanjala a dollar millionaire

In Agribusiness

Many of you Kenyans have idle land with no money in the bank, you blame poor rains for lack of food but one man armed with a only one thing, 2 acres is now a millionaire in four years.

Mr Antony Wanjala in Bungoma four years ago decided he will plant Bluegum trees in his 2 acre farm and went fulheady to seriously invest in it.

Demand for trees is on the rise on increased construction activities eves rising population adds pressure on limited land space.

The farmer says he said he used the neighbours cows to plough the land which he paid Sh2000 and later weeded only once with the help of his wife Rosina Wanjala.

Trees are rarely seen as worthwhile farming activity since most Kenyans in rural areas are used to trees growing on their own. Most Kenyans do not have the patience to wait for trees to mature, they want short term investments, but time has proved that long-term investments yield long-term success.

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Kenya Power

He bought seedlings from the nearby Nang’eni Primary school.

Now the trees have grown and Kenya Power has purchased all of them at 10,000 per stem, out of the seedlings i planted only 8500 grew well and I have sold them all, earning a total of 85millon shillings making him almost a dollar millionaire.

The move shows how ideas, endurance and patience can transform people’s lives and why it is not a preserve of the privileged to rise up the class strata.

it also shows how the increasing market opportunities around the country and the world can make millionaires in a short span of time compared to the olden days when you had to make through decades of painstaking work.

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Am no longer poor, i want to plan and buy more land and rear dairy cattle, buy a commercial plot in Bungoma and build. My kids are assured of going to the best schools now. I also will continue planting this trees said the excited farmer.

“Planting trees is not as expensive compared to crops which require certified seeds, fertilizer and pesticides”. He says.

BY TIMOTHY BARASA

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