How Profitable Is Mushroom Farming in Kenya?

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Mushroom farming in kenya is arguably one of the most profitable yet capital friendly types of farming and I will explain why. Let’s take greenhouse farming as an example. A typical 8 by 15 greenhouse from a reputable supplier costs a minimum of sh130,000. This is without the seeds, labor, water tank, drip lines and maintenance costs. This figure could easily double or even triple after everything has been accounted for. At the end of the day, this figure could make lock out a lot of middle income earners.


The capital required to start mushroom farming in kenya is however much less . The requirements are mostly cheap and readily available. The most capital intensive requirement would be the construction of a room to house the mushrooms but this can be easily done away with as any room can be used for this purpose.

The Compost preparation and planting doesn’t incur a lot of costs. The required material and chemicals for mushroom farming in kenya can be bought from any hardware/agricultural store.

Returns From Mushroom Farming In Kenya

At maturity, a mushroom bag can be harvested up to 6 times(flashes) producing about 1.5kg in total. Now, a kg of currently mushrooms(button) goes for ksh800. Assuming you had 800 bags, and each produced 1kg,you would have 800kgs of mushrooms multiplied by the market price, that would give you ksh640,000. This is from a small 15 by 30 room and minimal capital.

As you can see, it doesn’t take much to be profitable in mushroom farming. The only thing you require is the determination to care for the mushrooms and will to succeed.


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  1. Eric Kimwatan

    May 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    How big is the market for Mushrooms in kenya?I am very interested.

  2. Ray Gitau

    July 25, 2013 at 9:46 am

    hi,i wouldn’t mind visiting the dells farm in eldoret, my email address is should you require to get intouch with me. looking forward to hearing from you soon,cant wait t start mushroom farming!

  3. daniel

    April 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    where is the market for button mushrooms

  4. brian kibet

    April 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    the returns look good. is there ready market? and if so where in eldoret can i get some traininhg on mushroom farming?

  5. Henry kalapata

    May 29, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Good lessons

  6. ian ambani

    July 4, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    id like more information on this

  7. suleiman hassan

    August 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I av actually learned alot from this site. I av no doubt that its a good venture worth trying. Allow me to thank u most sincerely for educating n sharing with us lay n upcoming farmers

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