Kilifi farmer who left a ‘lucrative’ ICT job when he discovered fortune in lemons
Just kilometres from Mtomondoni Primary School in Mtwapa is the four-acre Faheem Farm.
He says his grandfather started working on the land in the early 1960s. He planted a variety of vegetables and fruits.
“This was like the granary of Mtwpa during those days. They came here to buy vegetables, fruits and maize,” Faheem said.
Faheem quit his IT job in a transport company in Nairobi and went into farming. He has never looked back.
He grafts indigenous lemon trees to get quality fruits.
He instead opts for organic fertiliser which is cheap and easily available.
When properly taken care of, lemon trees take three to four years to mature. A tree can be harvested for up to 20 years.
“Apart from lemon growing, I also keep goats and sheep whose dung I use as manure,” said Faheem.
He added that the lemons are loved by his customers, many who happen to be tourists.
A kilogramme of lemons goes for between Sh100 and Sh200, depending on season. He harvests about a tonne daily.
“ I work extra hard in order to satisfy the demands of my customers and neighbours,” Faheem said.