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Tissue culture plantlet business pays: Expert - 9 months ago, 22 June 22:15

Peter Changtoek

Dr Anthony Njogu Njurai, 55, says he started raising fruit seedlings in 1992, but went fulltime into the business after quitting formal employment.

“I always desired to raise seedlings and had a nursery in Mwala, Machakos in 1992,” said Dr Njurai who is an agriculture expert.

“It did not work well as I was away most of the time. When I quit my job in 2006, some friends asked me to get them 140 TCB seedlings. I brought them from from the Kenya Agriculture and Research Livestock Organisation in Thika.”

After just one season, his friends asked for more seedlings.

In 2008, he met specialists from a tissue culture biotechnology firm at Embu showground who agreed to sell him ready-to-plant seedlings at a discount.

“I bought the seedlings at Sh75 each at the start of every rainy season and sold them at Sh100,’’ he said.

He would transport them in his station wagon from ...
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