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Monday, November 6, 2017

5 simple things you can do to add value to your produce.

Value addition is key to increased profits,and all farm produce can be processed into more than one product for the benefit of the consumers. Tomatoes is a major produce with many potential for value addition. Adding value to tomatoes is not only profitable but it prevents wastes and promotes healthy living . Value addition not only helps farmers weather the storm of oversupply, it also helps them fetch better prices for the same produce. Value addition will also help you make use of certain post-harvest things that you would never have thought of using, to make money. Here are some of the value addition ideas you could add to your farming: 1)Homemade peanut butter One of the most instantly identifiable value additions to farming in Kenya has got to be homemade peanut butter. Homemade peanut butter in Kenya has quickly become a staple in most households, rivalling more commercial brands. It is well-liked because of its consistency, pocket friendliness and best of all it is organic. To the farmer, it is a way of making the most out of a peanut harvest, while reducing wastage. As a farmer, you can make more out of a kilo of peanuts, if you turned it into peanut butter instead. The market is also readily available, hence the instant appeal. 2) Crisps/chips/flakes Most potato, cassava, and banana farmers are always contending with what to do with their extra produce, in times of oversupply. This is especially true of banana and potato farmers, whose produce is likely to go bad if it is not sold or consumed soon after harvest. The best way to overcome this is to turn them into crisps. Crisps have a higher shelf-life, extending the longevity of the produce by about 2 to 4 months. Farmers in Murang’a for instance, have found an intelligent way of using solar driers to turn their excess produce into banana crisps. They have even devised a way to infuse the crisps with varieties of pepper to make them spicy. This not only enables them to make more money from the bananas, it also reduces wastage considerably. 3) Bees Wax Farmers in areas of Ukambani that are known for beekeeping have now started making beeswax candles. The candles are made from the waste that they would normally have disposed of after processing the honey. The beeswax candles not only fetch more than ordinary wax candles, they help reuse what would otherwise have been waste. 4) Pickled produce Pickling is an art that has recently been introduced in Kenya. It is the art of preserving food and extending its lifespan of certain foods by anaerobic fermentation. This is a complicated way of saying that there are certain foods, especially fruits, which can be preserved by putting them in brine or vinegar. This gives them a tangy flavor, but the preserved fruits can be sold in cans. This works with tomatoes, mangoes, and cucumbers among other fruits.

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