Honey, honey, honey. You love it and so do I.
Fact is, most Kenyans love honey and this not only explains the reason for the shooting demand for it but also why the honey production business is now one of the most profitable businesses in Kenya.
The Kenyan market is readily available to honey production and that means that any venture into honey production will be a very profitable bid.
Kenyans want real natural honey as opposed to sugar-infused and packaged fake honey.
If then you can venture into providing them the real thing, then you will sell till the last ounce.
Not to lose your mind in pricing though, your honey has to be affordable. Haha…
Then you’d wonder which honey I’m talking about. I mean honey, honey. Bees honey. Haha…
But what requirements must you meet to go into this venture, how much capital is required, which is the most suitable location for your bee farm?
These and other pertinent questions will be answered in this post.
What’s the Best Location for Honey Production Business in Kenya?
You can keep bees and produce honey anywhere. Whether in the city, in the forest, or just anywhere. You don’t need flowers and thick bushes for bees to inhabit your beehives.
Bees can travel for long distances to come inhabit your beehives if you provide the conditions they are looking for.
Therefore, as long as you have enough land to position your beehives wherever you are, you have the potential for honey production.
Requirements for the Honey Production Business.
Beekeeping or honey production, like any other business, has requirements, some of which we have included in this list.
SO what do you need for this kind of business?
- Conduct market research – this is not a cliché. It is a step in business that once you neglect, then you are as good as throwing that money away. Get to the ground and know the situation in the honey production business. Gauge the demand and identify a gap in supply so you can fill it. Get answers to the research questions you consider important and once you are satisfied, continue to the other requirements.
- Professional guidance – you need to acquire professional guidance from Kenya beekeepers associations. Get a guide on how to best manage your bee farm and maintain quality. Get information about different types of bees and which ones are suitable for what. Information about Bee food and behavior is helpful too.
Acquire free land – get a space that is free whether in a rural or urban area. You can rent space at about Ksh.10,000.
- Choose the right beehives – this needs to be informed by the professional guidance and knowledge you acquire from the Kenya beekeepers association. It has everything to do with bee life cycles and what bees need to make honey. The right beehives provide the right conditions for bees to inhabit and produce honey. Remember, bees may never inhabit your beehives and you may never produce any honey if the conditions are not right – invest in the right beehive. Get a suitable beehive at about Ksh.5,000 each.
- Set up your beehives correctly on the free land you have – make use of the knowledge acquired from Kenya beekeepers association to position your beehives correctly.
- Acquire the relevant honey harvesting materials – these include protective gear, containers for holding honeycombs, and other relevant equipment.
- Market your honey production business accordingly – network with potential clients like individuals, supermarkets and even processing companies so that your honey will have a ready market to sell immediately you harvest.
How Much Capital do You Need for a Honey Production Business?
How much you invest depends on your scale of production. A small scale honey producer using 2 beehives may not require much. Let us get the math correct:
- Land – Ksh.10,000
- Beehives – Ksh.10,000
- Harvesting equipment – Ksh.10,000
You realize that approximately Ksh.30,000 will be enough for small scale honey production. A large scale producer may require Ksh.100,000 – Ksh.200,000 or even millions depending on their goals.
How profitable is this kind of business?
Honey sells at Ksh.500 – Ksh.800 per kilo in Kenya.
If your 2 beehives produce 30Kg each, that is 60Kg.
Sell each at Ksh.800 at that will be Ksh.48,000. You already have Ksh.18,000 profit.
Repeat your honey harvesting and selling and you will be making real money out of honey production.