Farmpreneurs Bone-Eggshell Microbiotic Fertilizer

The key to healthy plants is in the soil.

Farmpreneurs produce a nutrient-rich organic fertilizer for long-term sustenance of soil fertility, environmental care and healthy living.

Use Case

More farmers in Kenya and several other countries are switching to organic practices in order to avoid the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers on their farms Unfortunately, many small scale farmers do not have access to quality organic fertilizers; either they do not know how to prepare it or it is inefficiently prepared by some companies. Farmpreneurs hope to provide a low-cost, high quality, sustainable organic fertilizer made from bones and eggshells. Small scale farmers can use it in their farms so that they can begin practicing environmentally friendly and progressive agriculture which are bound to increase their yields and at the same time take care of their soils. The nutrient rich fertilizer can also be used in plant nurseries to prepare seedlings and also in greenhouses.

Potential

The Farmpreneurs bone-eggshell microbiotic fertilizer is an agricultural innovation that is bound to transform the state of our soils. Bones and eggshells have a high content of phosphorous, nitrogen and calcium which are essential for strong root systems, leaf development and flowering. The fertilizer also contains an activator that has several naturally occurring microbes which allow it to undergo rapid decomposition and hence nutrients are released faster to the plants. Moreover, microbes can help plants grow with less water, in warmer climate and in salient soils. This will lead to higher yields and productivity. Above all, the fertilizer will provide long term sustenance of soil fertility, protection of environment and ecology and decreasing the risk of health ailments

Business Case

There is a huge demand for organic fertilizers in East Africa, and it is projected to increase five fold by 2026. Our goal is to establish a continuous production of the organic fertilizer to cater for the demand. The fertilizer will be sold to small-scale farmers, nurseries and greenhouse owners. Farmpreneurs fertilizer will be available in retail stores, and after establishing a client base, we intend to add an online store where farmers can order our fertilizer and get it delivered to their farms. Since our system inputs have a relatively low startup and operational cost, we will be able to make profits and at the same time give small-scale farmers affordable and quality fertilizers. Our long-term goal is to expand to other geographical areas of Africa and the world.

Objectives:

  1. Provide a fertilizer that is nutrient dense, sustainable and environmentally friendly so as to increase the yields of the farmers
  2. Inspire more farmers to embrace organic farming by providing access to quality organic fertilizers.
  3. Provide a great alternative to chemical fertilizers by providing an organic fertilizer that can release nutrients fast to the plants.

Team Farmpreneurs

Nairobi, Kenya

Our Team

How Chemical Fertilizers are Destroying your Body, the Soil and your Food / Published January 15, 2017 by Khajira Christopher

How Chemical Fertilizers are Destroying your Body, the Soil and your Food

http://healthwyze.org/reports/100-how-chemical-fertilizers-are-destroying-your-body-the-soil-and-your-food

So how do chemical fertilizers destroy our bodies, soils and food? This is an interesting research that has been Thomas Corriher in association with Health Wyze Magazine.

Thomas Corriher argues that chemicals fertilizers have led to declined soil productivity hence lower yield. He also says that the use of chemical fertilizers has led to nutritionally-deficient foods. They also contain toxic chemicals such as candium and mercury which can be a source of health ailments such as cancer. Chemical fertilizers kill a large percentage of the soil microorganisms. Soil that is deprived of its micro organisms undergo a rapid decline in the in soil structure and it loses its essential ability to retain water, air and nutrients. Plants grown in such depleted soils are extremely suseptible to damage from diseases, insects and drought.

On the other hand, organically grown fruits and vegetables have significantly more anti-oxidants, polyphenols and enzymes which are good for our health. Moreover, organic fertilizers are good for the soil. They maintain the soil structure and replenish nutrients in an environmentally friendly manner.

Tea Research Institute / Published January 8, 2017 by Khajira Christopher

Tea Research Institute

It was a great honor to meet with Madam Ruto, a soil scientist at the Tea Research. She gave us great advice.

Taking Our Fertilizer to the users: Farmers / Published January 4, 2017 by Khajira Christopher

Taking Our Fertilizer to the users: Farmers

Today we visited farmers in Kericho with our prototype fertilizer to get their views and advice. Really excited

Our Prototype is Ready / Published January 3, 2017 by Khajira Christopher

Our Prototype is Ready

Our fertilizer is ready!!!!!! Consists of bones, eggshells and microbes

GIF Masters / Published January 2, 2017 by Khajira Christopher

GIF Masters

We have the bones and egg shells that we need. Working on the prototype. We will be sharing the final product very soon....

Our Mission

The prolonged use of chemical fertilizers has proven to be harmful to the soil. They are non renewable, release toxins, and kill soil micro-organisms. Farmpreneurs brings a more renewable, sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative: fertilizer made from bones and egg shells. Bones and egg shells have a high content of phosphorous, nitrogen and calcium. By adding an activator containing naturally occurring microbes, we can come up with a fertilizer that is easily absorbed by plants, rich in minerals and safe for use. Bones and eggshells are also cheap and readily available, and will produce fertilizer that is cheap but still fulfills the nutrient needs of crops. Also, by using bones and egg shells we will be turning bio wastes into useful products.

Our Background

Our team is made up of five university students who would like to make a difference in this world by making food readily available to each and every person. We intend to use our creativity and innovation to fight the menace of food insecurity that has greatly plagued the world. All the members of our team have a background in agriculture (our parents are farmers) and we have spent a lot of time in the countryside either tending to cows, digging, ploughing and performing virtually all activities that entail to farming. This has given us a wide view and experience of the challenges facing farmers and the different farming methods that exist. The Thought For Food Challenge gives us the opportunity to help solve the major problems that we have experienced in our agricultural endeavors. It gives us the opportunity to dream big and even possibly transform those dreams into reality. Participating in the challenge is an honor in its right and may open new doors for us that will enable us change the food situation of Africa and the world at large.

How Chemical Fertilizers are Destroying your Body, the Soil and your Food / Published January 15, 2017 by Khajira Christopher

How Chemical Fertilizers are Destroying your Body, the Soil and your Food

http://healthwyze.org/reports/100-how-chemical-fertilizers-are-destroying-your-body-the-soil-and-your-food

So how do chemical fertilizers destroy our bodies, soils and food? This is an interesting research that has been Thomas Corriher in association with Health Wyze Magazine.

Thomas Corriher argues that chemicals fertilizers have led to declined soil productivity hence lower yield. He also says that the use of chemical fertilizers has led to nutritionally-deficient foods. They also contain toxic chemicals such as candium and mercury which can be a source of health ailments such as cancer. Chemical fertilizers kill a large percentage of the soil microorganisms. Soil that is deprived of its micro organisms undergo a rapid decline in the in soil structure and it loses its essential ability to retain water, air and nutrients. Plants grown in such depleted soils are extremely suseptible to damage from diseases, insects and drought.

On the other hand, organically grown fruits and vegetables have significantly more anti-oxidants, polyphenols and enzymes which are good for our health. Moreover, organic fertilizers are good for the soil. They maintain the soil structure and replenish nutrients in an environmentally friendly manner.

Tea Research Institute / Published January 8, 2017 by Khajira Christopher

Tea Research Institute

It was a great honor to meet with Madam Ruto, a soil scientist at the Tea Research. She gave us great advice.

Taking Our Fertilizer to the users: Farmers / Published January 4, 2017 by Khajira Christopher

Taking Our Fertilizer to the users: Farmers

Today we visited farmers in Kericho with our prototype fertilizer to get their views and advice. Really excited

Our Prototype is Ready / Published January 3, 2017 by Khajira Christopher

Our Prototype is Ready

Our fertilizer is ready!!!!!! Consists of bones, eggshells and microbes

GIF Masters / Published January 2, 2017 by Khajira Christopher

GIF Masters

We have the bones and egg shells that we need. Working on the prototype. We will be sharing the final product very soon....

Our Team

Our Mission

The prolonged use of chemical fertilizers has proven to be harmful to the soil. They are non renewable, release toxins, and kill soil micro-organisms. Farmpreneurs brings a more ...Read More

Our Background

Our team is made up of five university students who would like to make a difference in this world by making food readily available to each and every ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.