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5 AGRIBUSINESS IDEAS YOU CAN START FOR $100USD

Snail farming

With a budget of less than US$100, one can get to make money in a short period time through snail farming (heliciculture) whose meat products have a high demand on the market. Interested farmers only need to come up with a good business plan, to find a good piece of land or soil that is not affected by excessive winds and is not too dry or too watery for the snails whose life span only stretches from two to six months, to construct a snail house for protection from predators and then finally buying the snails or simply picking them up from the bushes of forests. The cost of starting a snail farm in Zimbabwe is calculated on the cost of snail feeding and food, cost of total snails to be purchased and the cost of snail housing. For a small scale, the cost is estimated to be ranging from around US$50 to US$400 or more, depending on how one wants to run it.   

Herb growing

Herbs like parsley, basil, oregano, chives, lavender, chamomile, cilantro and mint can make for great agriculture products. And it only takes gathering materials (for a mini-greenhouse/raised bed in which the plants will grow, deciding which herbs to grow, purchasing and planting the herb seeds, taking care of the plants and finally creatively advertising the plants to make sales. Acquiring the seeds costs much less cheaper than the actual selling price of the herbs.

Worm farming (vermiculture)

A worm farm is a contained compost space where live worms feed on household food scraps. The worms leave behind a waste of their own, which makes for incredibly nutrient-dense fertilizer known as vermicompost. Compost can be a useful tool for food growers and therefore one can make compost to sell to farmers and gardeners by starting their own worm farm. It only requires acquiring a bin, preparing the bedding, adding the worms, burying food scraps under the bedding, choosing a spot and covering for the bin and providing adequate feed and water.

Tree seed supply

One can also simply harvest seeds for different trees and sell them to people who want to plant new ones. This requires much less money than a hundred dollars or nothing at all especially in cases where the farmer can simply harvest the seeds from wild plants. Unless in cases where one has to harvest the seeds from plants that belong or are owned by someone else. Costs may also come in if the farmer is planning to sell the seeds in packs or to pay for transport or delivery costs.

Potted plant sales

Most people love to live life in a beautiful surrounding. Therefore growing different types of plants and selling them in pots to gardeners or consumers looking for house plants can be a wonderful way turn one’s love of plants and gardening into cash. Selling potted plants at a price range from USD0/50 to USD5 can translate up to around US$250 a week and around US$10 000 per year.

For more ideas like these, check back on our blog and social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube often as we share tips and ideas to help you get started on your very own farming ventures. We have farming experts with specialties in different areas of farming and agriculture who are always willing and available to help.

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