A business idea that refers to the cultivation of medicinal plants can be successful if it is implemented properly. Next, we show you what to do to start such a business. First, we must not forget that plants have many therapeutic properties and are able to heal us of a significant number of diseases and disorders.
In the world, starting with the ninth decade of the last century, the demand for medicinal and aromatic plants has been on na upward slope, especially in the U.S. and Western European countries. In other regions, like Czech Republic since 2000, the production increased by over 90%. However, Germans, Austrians and Danes spend about 50 Euros on such products, unlike the Czechs, who do not spend more than 10 Euros per year.
Why you need to start this business?
Logically, for start you need a piece of land well prepared, according to the necessities of the culture you want to grow. Now all you need are seeds to be used for the first cultivation. All these things should not cost you more than a few thousand Euros, a decent amount to start any business.
Choose carefully the crop you want to use. Consider the influence of environmental factors (climate, soil quality and microorganisms), and modality of collection of plants as well as how they are prepared. Technology for cultivation of such plants requires crop rotation, fertilization and tillage, seeding and planting material, careful work of the soil and collecting itself.
The ecological agriculture requires fertilization either with manure or compost. In the case of manure, it must come from other places in charge of ecological farming.. Herbs like rosemary, mint or sage bring a considerable profit to those who undertake such business. Only in the last three years, retailers have increased revenues by at least 50%.
From small crop fields that are arranged, the plants mentioned above are sent to supermarkets and hypermarkets in major cities. Besides their use in therapy, they are used in the perfume industry. Also, if soils are certified as organic, then there is the chance to receive more offers for your products.
Depending on the species and the use of each plant, the price you will receive for each pound varies greatly. However, with the explosion of organic products, you have a chance to get large sums. In conclusion, it is important to be aware that if you want to start a business with medicinal and aromatic plants, you must be willing to devote a lot of time for this profession. Whether you want to cultivate chamomile, peppermint, sage, calendula, lavender or any other plant, remember to follow the quality standards and all the steps needed for cultivation.