is the name of a man who used to work as a mechanic in the streets of Nyeri. So one day, he got the idea of planting apples.
He tried planting some exotic breeds, but as usual, they did not perform as well as he expected. Then he remembered that a long time ago, during the days of Mau Mau, his forefathers had survived in the forests where they used to plant a special kind of African apples. So Wambugu set out for the Aberdare forests and searched for some of the remnants of these orchards. He found them, and using his little knowledge of grafting, grafted them with the exotic varieties. Luckily the grafted variety grew very well and within 11 months they started producing some awesome fruits. What impressed Wambugu, even more, was the fact that the fruits that came from his trees were larger and sweeter than ordinary apples. He discovered each tree could produce between 300 and 500 fruits per year.
Word went out about his invention and caught the ears of the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO). They visited his farm and named his apples The Wambugu Apple”. Not only had Wambugu’s little-known apple species wowed scientists, but it also attracted markets from far and wide. From a mechanic who used to survive in a hand-to-mouth lifestyle to supplying hotels like Mount Kenya Safari Club and owning over 20 acres of land in the leafy neighborhoods of Ihururu in Nyeri County, the man is getting a juicy bite in a field that’s otherwise seen as a preserve of formally trained agriculture experts. Moving on swiftly, Wambugu’s apple trees have a lifespan of 50 years. Each seedling goes for Ksh1,000. He sells each fruit at between Ksh50 and Ksh100 depending on the season.
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How To Become An Apple Farmer In Kenya.
You only need to get the original Wambugu seedlings from his farm in Nyeri or from other certified suppliers across the country. Training is offered to first-time customers.
The species can grow in most parts of the country (from coastal areas to highlands and even lowlands) provided the soil is not water-logged. So let’s say you start with 50 seedlings…allowing for 3m by 3m spacing, you can comfortably fill a quarter acre farm.
That will cost you about Ksh50,000 plus an extra Ksh50,000 for transport and managing the farm. So total Ksh100,000.
The harvesting season comes every 9 to 13 months. With each mature tree producing at least 300 fruits, a conservative estimate of 15,000 (300X50) fruits per harvest would certainly be a fair bet.
Given that each fruit retails at a minimum of Ksh50, a total of Ksh750,000 (15,000×50=750,000) would certainly not be an overestimation.
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