I quit employment at 30 to become a farmer

Chris Onyango who opted to quit his white-collar job and the urban lifestyle to get his hands down and dirty on the farm.

Photo credit: Victor Raballa | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Armed with savings of about Sh150,000 and a two-acre parcel of land in Migori, Chris began farming soya beans. This was in 2013.
  • This operation birthed his company, Escope Strategic Solutions. Over the years, the enterprise has grown to include cassava and beans and is looking to venture into farming red sorghum. 
  • To save up to 70 per cent of their operational costs, he said, the firm is looking at setting up a call centre to enable virtual extension services, advisory services and market information as they carry out their business
  • Currently, Chris, who works with more than 5,000 farmers spread across Migori, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Siaya and Busia counties, hopes to rope in 15,000 more in the next five years.

Chris Onyango was barely 30 when he decided to return to his rural home and become a full-time farmer.

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