Chia Seeds Farming in Kenya: How Profitable Is It, Complete Guide on Growing It


Chia seeds came into the Kenyan market sometime before 2017 but it’s in early that year that the crop hit the market strongly. Since then, its market has been expanding from the high end shops to retail supermarkets as information about the benefits of these seeds trickles down to a wider population.

The tiny black and grey seeds provide a whole meal packed with proteins, Omega 3 fats and a dozen of other nutrients that include calcium, manganese, and phosphorus.

chia seeds farming in kenya

Chia seeds farming is being done commercially not only in Kenya. In fact, the crop is grown commercially in the US, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Australia and Mexico for its seeds because of its high nutritional value. 

Growers in the Ord Valley, Australia, started trialling the crop back in 2005, following research by a Nuffield scholar who was looking for natural solutions to modern diet related diseases.

This little crop with tiny seeds is causing waves not only in Kenya but across the world. This is because of its established and documented benefits. These include:

  • Chia Seeds have Omega-3 fats – it is the richest plant source of omega 3. These are essential fatty acids known for their effectiveness at lowering cholesterol levels, blood pressure, preventing heart disease among other health benefits.
  • Chia seeds are rich in fibre: Two tablespoons of Chia – about 25 grams – provide about seven grams of fibre.
  • Chia seeds are rich in minerals which include calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, and zinc.
  • Chia seeds have a nutty flavour, and are a healthful addition to the diet sprinkled on cereals, yogurt or salads. You can also eat them whole or mix them into flour when baking bread, muffins or other baked goods.
  • Chia leaves are also used to make therapeutic tea.
These benefits are recognized worldwide giving this crop and its products a great demand.


Chia seeds farming is relatively new in Kenya with the only documented farmers being found in Nakuru, Meru, Nyanyuki and lately Busia County where farmers with an aggregate 150 acres are growing the crop for export to Denmark with the support of the county government.

Chia seeds farming in Kenya is easy and is not capital intensive as other cash crop ventures. The capital requirements are similar to other crop and could actually be lower considering that the crop is a pest repelant and can be grown without the need for spraying pesticides or applying chemical fertilisers.

Typically, the costs of chia seeds farming in Kenya for one acre is as follows:
·                        Land lease                 5,000
·                           Ploughing                  3,000
·                           Harrowing                2,000
·                           Planting                     3,000
·                           Seeds                          8,000 (1,000 per Kg)
·                           Harvesting                5,000
           Total                              26,000

The average yield per acre is 300 kgs. Should the prices plummet from the Ksh. 2,000 we are currently seeing on retail shelves of our supermarkets to a low of Ksh. 500 per kg, a farmer will still make Ksh.150,000 in just 3 months from planting. 


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chia farming in kenya pdfWe have put together our experiences and have come up with this farming guide. 

If you would like to start chia seeds farming, then you will find this book very helpful. 

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