Commercial crop farming is profitable because people have to eat to survive. Food is at the top of the hierarchy of basic human needs. Therefore, everyone involved in agriculture will always do business.
In this article I have explained 12 crops that you should consider planning. The list is not in any particular order. However, the selected crops were considered based on the demand of the harvest and the time needed before the harvest began. I hope you find this list useful.
1. Cassava farming: This is one of the best crops that many people earn a lot of income in Nigeria. Cassava farming is one of the most popular farms in Nigeria because it is easy to grow with cassava stems. The time between growing and harvesting cassava is about 8 to 12 months, which is not too long; There is a market ready for the product. You don’t need the best soil to grow. Cassava is the raw material for many food products such as corn, cassava flour used to make bread and cakes and other snacks, and even ethanol.
2. The cultivation of corn: This is another crop that many Nigerians like. It can be fried or boiled. If ground, it can also be used to make porridge. It can also be processed to produce wheat flakes. It is unfortunate that in Nigeria, most farmers who grow corn only do so in the rainy season. However, this crop can be produced throughout the year by irrigation. Commercial corn cultivation is highly recommended as it takes about 3 months for the corn to mature.
3. Oil Palm Plantation: This is a good mine! Palm oil, which is the main product of palm oil, has many domestic and industrial applications, making palm oil farming a very profitable business.
The only challenge for this company is how long it takes for the oil palm to start planting after planting, which is about 3 to 4 years, depending on the species. But once you start producing palm oil, you've only been earning a few years.
4. Rice farming: Rice is probably the most eaten world and even in Nigeria! Every year, Nigeria imports thousands of tons of rice due to the inability of local farmers to reach the huge rice market.
Few people are involved in rice farming in Nigeria.
It is capital intensive and needs well-irrigated agricultural land. Any entrepreneur or woman who gets started in agriculture in Nigeria will get a lot of income because the market is huge. After sowing, the rice takes about 4 to 5 months.
5. Plantain Plantation: This is another good and easy crop that you can practice. This is one of my favorites. I have been doing this for several years.
If vegetable sugars are grown, it takes about 10 to 12 months to start producing. It doesn’t take us long to wait before we pick up the dividend on your business investment.
Banana has a market available as it can be fried, grilled or cooked.
6. The cultivation of fluted pumpkins (Ugu): It is one of the most eaten vegetables in Nigeria. This crop is very good, as it only takes a month to harvest the pumpkin after planting and you will be able to maintain the harvest for up to 8 months after the first harvest. It can be planted in the backyard, but for mass production a larger plot is needed. It can be planted all year round with proper watering.
7. Egusi Melon Farming - Egusi soup is one of the most popular soups in Nigeria, but few people know how egusi seeds are produced. Egusi is the seed of a species of wild melon. Many people do not go to the cultivation of melons egusi due to the stress of extracting the seeds of eusi in adulthood. This is one of the reasons why the product is quite expensive in the market. However, if you are determined to make money, you can continue with a profitable crop. It takes about 4 to 5 months after planting to harvest the ego.
8. Breeding potatoes: This is another profitable business. Growing potatoes is much easier than the yam farm, because it is not necessary to set up long plots as in the case of the yam farm.
Potato yield is also very good. Between 4 and 5 months after planting, the potatoes are ready for harvest. I have practiced this type of farming and I can prove it. In many cases, in some cases you would have planted potatoes in a field, after harvesting the following year when ripe, some potatoes would harvest, even without replanting.
Potato is loved by most people, which makes it easier to market the product.
9. Bean cultivation: This is the biggest source of food protein for Nigerians as other sources of protein like egg and meat can be expensive for the poor. Beans are a staple food for many Nigerians, making harvesting profitable. The beans take about 2 to 3 months to ripen after planting.
10. Tomatoes: The demand for this product is very high. Tomatoes are raw for domestic use for the preparation of stews, sauces and soups and for industrial use in the production of canned tomatoes.
Many tomato growers in Nigeria mostly experience a shortage of produce from local farmers, which causes them to import from outside the Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Benin. This shows that if you create your own tomato farm, you can be a supplier for both domestic and industrial buyers. It takes about 3 or 4 months to start harvesting tomatoes after planting.
11. Yam Farming: Many Nigerians who eat it are eager to eat fried, boiled, porridge or as a beaten ham with soup. In addition to domestic buyers, the ameam flour industries also buy yam for their production. The period between cultivation and harvest is about 4 to 5 months.
12. Pineapple cultivation: This is another profitable farm. It is needed internally as fruit factories and fruit juices. After planting, the pineapples take about 2 to 3 years to harvest. Pine cones can bear fruit about 3 times during their life, after which they must be replanted.
This is a good farm that can provide you with a good income. It is one thing to gain knowledge. The most important thing, however, is to put the knowledge into practice. Work to start one or more of these farms. You can start on a small scale with a small piece of land just to test the waters. I've done several of these and still do it part time.
Are you a farmer or a potential producer? Let me know your thoughts on the crop farming listed above or on any other crops you think should be on this list using the comments section below.
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