into the eucalyptus farming in Kenya in 2018? The trees require low to no maintenance once the seedlings get going and the returns are huge. The trees are sold as poles, as building timber, their charcoal is of high quality and the branches can be sold as firewood. In just five to seven years, they are ready for harvesting and with eat tree going for between 3000 and 20,000 Kenyan Shillings, you’ll be smiling your way all the way to the bank.
The reason why Eucalyptus farming in Kenya is so controversial is because
the tree consumes so much water and is therefore bad for the environment as much as it is adding to the forest cover in the country. For this reason, the
government came up with guidelines of eucalyptus farming in Kenya that would ensure that the environment is conserved. The best place to start is probably the nearest Forestry offices for advice on the recommended species for the region.
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These trees should not be planted in the wetland; their water consumption is
so high that they dry up rivers in such places. To embark on eucalyptus farming in Kenya in 2018 therefore, you
will need approval from the Nema offices so as to get the right species for
whatever zone you are in. The regulation handbook launched by the Forestry Ministry contains 10 species that are suitable for various ecological zones.
A seedling goes for Ksh. 10 and an acre can take between 1,500 to 2,000
trees. For successful eucalyptus farming in Kenya, go for the varieties that do not branch early for these are the best.
Kenya Power and Lighting Company is one of the largest customers for these
profitable trees as they use it for utility poles.
See Also: Bamboo Farming in Kenya