26 Apr, Friday
cricket farming in Kenya

cricket farming in Kenya

Last updated on June 9th, 2023 at 08:05 pm

This article focuses on cricket farming in Kenya.

Cricket farming is becoming a game changer in Kenya’s agriculture sector.

Crickets are dark/brown insects that are divided into two groups,

the house cricket and the garden cricket.

These insects are well known to people living in the countryside and are known to produce “annoying” sounds.

cricket farming in Kenya

Cricket farming in Kenya is mainly done by farmers in Nyanza region, usually with domestic cricket.

Crickets can be caught in the wild and reared in buckets or boxes where females lay eggs.

Eggs hatch into nymphs after about a month.

They take about three months to mature.

One of the advantages of farm crickets is that they can be produced throughout the year since they are subject to unpredictable climatic and weather conditions.

This means that the cricket operator is profitable throughout the year if he buys it for business purposes.

cricket farming requirements

  • Cricket farming requires little capital to start. 1,000 Kshs is enough to start.
  • A space of 3m by 4m is sufficient to raise a sustainable cricket population. This space can hold about 100 cricket crates.
  • Crickets eat food readily and eat well in the morning and evening.
  • You can give them wasted food like sukuma wiki/kale, potato peelings and little water.

Benefits of cricket farming in Kenya

  • Crickets are very nutritious and have a protein content of 60%.
  • Crickets can be harvested to be eaten as food or can be crushed to make a powder. The powder is used to make porridge, prepare mandazis, chaparis, bread and cookies. The powder can also be used as a chicken or fish meal.
  • Cricket farming is a very profitable business that can bring good fortune in just three months as long as there is a ready market.

A small group of crickets costs about Kshs 700. Assuming you have 100 checkouts, that’s a value of Kshs 70,000.