By Molly Kithinji.
Cricket farming has taken root in Kenya with Nyanza region being the leading area that is doing cricket rearing as a common source of income.
Crickets are black or brown insects that are categorized into two groups i.e. house cricket and field cricket. The house cricket is the one that is widely reared in the Nyanza region.
Some organizations have trained a number of youth and women on cricket rearing as a good source of income. Crickets can be used directly as food or ground into flour to make products such as biscuits, cake chapatti, porridge etc.
The production cost of these insects is relatively low and they come with high profit. One crate is sold is sold between 700 to 1500 meaning a farmer with 100 crates can make around 70,000-150,000 in three months.