My Cucumber Farming Journey Part2

Hello Fans, In any case you missed the first part of my cucumber farming journey, you can read it here.

Well, after the loss of funds I had to actually get to the bottom of the matter and see why things went south. I actually saw the following challenges:

(1) I was not always on the farm everyday as I wasn’t leaving near the farm yet.

(2) The orientation of my bed was against the flow of water and since the area was water logged, there was no drainage.

(3) I used ONLY inorganic fertilizers which were applied apparently too close to the plants by the labourers I hired.

(4) I used too many pesticides because of a high pest infestation.

(5) I used non-hybrid seeds.

Having known this, I went back to the drawing board, re-strategised and started a new farm. This time, I had to make sure i never repeated any previous mistakes. I moved down to a part of the land that have never been cultivated, I planted hybrid seeds, mulched and made sure I visited the farm everyday and this time, I went organic, though not 100%! I got a biological pheremone(Tsukill) to curtail insects and made sure i used only organic ammendments.

Well, this time I got it right…or so I thought. Then the rains returned in september and my siting the farm in a water logged area, downy mildew wiped the farm away even with my fungicide sprays the disease didn’t respect the fungicide. Fortunately was able to harvest over 30 bags on 1 plot of land…better than before…the story continues.

Enjoy some pictures

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My Cucumber Farming Journey Part1

Hello Kalusam Blog readers…been a long while i educated you on my posts. Fact is, this blog was created to educate our fans on the opportunities in Agribusiness, encouraging them to involve in any form of Agribusiness they choose to. In the past we have discussed on fast money making Agribusiness ideas from crop farming(dry season vegetables) to Animal farming and processing.

Today, I will be driving you guys through my cucumber farming journey…sit tight and relax as you learn a lot from me on my journey into commercial farming with an interest in cucumbers!

Having been born into a family farming household, farming comes natural to me…getting my hands dirty was a piece of cake, as you might have seen from my previous posts…I don’t just farm, i understand every bit of the various crops we grow on our family farm. All except cucumbers, we never grew cucumbers even though we grew tomatoes(for family use though), so I had to learn the craft of cucumber farming….yes, i had to learn it!

After a few months of learning how to farm cucumbers through practical farming, learning from other experienced farmers and trial on a half plot of land for my family to see and learn from that it is a feasible form of Agribusiness venture , I decide to start mine. I needed to get a land closer to the market where it is in high demand-Lagos, Nigeria so I reached out to my friends on my network until i was fortunate to get 2 acres along Ikorodu-Epe Axis of Lagos(about 40 mins to the popular mile12 farmers market on a no-traffic time).

Having figured that out, I started land preparation and planted on a 1/2 acre field. Little did I know that the area was prone to flood and that my bed orientation would pose a big threat to the success of my farm. 2 months later, I lost thousands of naira worth of investments due to flash floods.

Men are not smiling....:(

Men are not smiling….:(

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Nigeria: Pre-order your farm technologies from us today!

You can now pre-order any Agric technology or solution. We have direct links to manufacturers and direct suppliers of high Quality, durable and affordable farm technologies!

We can help you procure: Tip drinkers for Pigs(all sizes), Rabbits and other animals. Rain gun, Drip irrigation kits, Egg incubator, Processing machines and  any other farm technology  you can think of!

We procure both Short range(50m radius and Long range Rain Gun(100m radius)  Sprinklers for your farm Project at affordable prices.

Contact us today for quotes.

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Nigeria: Order High Quality Pineapples from Pizzi Double Farms(NowKONKONEX FARM LIMITED

mr.patrickMr. Patrick Konkon, CEO KONKONEX FARM LIMITED

Pineapple is popularly used to produce fruit juice and serves as desserts, salads, and in fruit cocktail. The popularity of the pineapple is due to its sweet-sour taste containing 15% sugar, malic and citric fruit acids. It is also high in vitamin B1, B2, B6 and C. The protein digesting enzyme bromelin seems to help digestion at the end of a high protein meal.

Owing to these, pineapple fruits are highly required in our daily diets either by taking the fresh fruits, dried fruits or the juice. Cakes, deserts and other food condiments are made from pineapple. On a daily basis in fruits and vegetable markets across the Nigeria, pineapples are sold. Even when produce are scarce in Nigeria, pineapple finds it way into the country from neighbouring Benin Republic and other countries.

One of the commercial farms revolutionising pineapple farming in the country, is Pizzi Double Farms, registered in Nigeria as Pizzi Double Nigeria Limited with the corporate affairs of Commission with registration number RC 12250448 produces high quality pineapples in high commercial quantities. According to Mr. Patrick Konkon, the farm’s chief executive officer (CEO), the farm has on hand farm hands as well as a great management team.

The farm’s Location
The farm is strategically located in Benin City, Nigeria and the farm is currently expanding its orchard to cover over 50 acres by the end of 2016. It has several thousands of seedlings to meet the farm’s expansion demand, with the main objective of selling its produce to fruit juice processors and other bulk buyers.

mr.patrick n workers                                    Mr. Patrick with some of his workers.

Currently, the cultivated area is 35 acres, however an additional 13 acres will be planted in April, 2016. By the end of the year, the total plants will be about 300,000 plant. The Specie grown is the Smooth Cayenne.

Harvest is done in the month of May, July and December. Products are taken to major markets in Lagos, Abuja, PortHarcourt and Kano, sold in dozens to retailers and other consumers and we have the capacity to send to anywhere it is required in bulk.

Are you a fruit juice processor or bulk buyer, then contact The Farm , Pizzi Double Limited to order fresh pineapples.

Contact the marketing and the communication manager, Mr. Kingsley Dudu on
Phone number: +234(0) 8066173863; 08053917978.

This is a sponsored post, to promote your Agribusiness product, service or event… contact us.

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Make 200,000 Naira Or More Per Month Growing Indigenous Vegetables this dry season!

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Am sure the first thing on your mind when you saw the caption was…its impossible! Well, that’s your opinion and you are entitled to it. Whether you believe it or not this dry season will generate money for those who are (1) Smart. (2) See the opportunities. (3) Are ready to make money!

Back to the main gist. Do you know you can be making up to 50,000+ per harvest from your Telferia(Ugu), Chocorus(Ewedu), Amaranth(Efo and Soko), Water Leaf(Gwure) on a limited space of a plot(666m2) in Lagos?

Why indigenous vegetables?
Unlike the exotic ones, they are more hardy and resistance to disease, so no mildew(powdery and downy), no virus this or bacteria that, pest infestation can be easily managed and controlled. Secondly, everyday people must eat any of them…in fact Mama put and ‘Iya come chop’, Calabar Kitchen et al. cannot survive without them, hence you have a ready market.

If you are in doubt then join us on the farm any day in February, 2016(Except Sundays) as I take you through the rudiments of growing our indigenous vegetables successfully with limited space and how you can start maximizing profits in less than a month.

Training Fee: NGN5,000
Duration: 4 hours
Date: 1st to 15th February, 2016(Except Sundays)
Venue: Agritechnovate Project Farms, Epe, Lagos

Interested? Chose any date between 1st and 15th February, 2016, Make Payment into :

ACCOUNT NAME: AGRITECHNOVATE SOLUTIONS ENTERPRISES

BANKER: SKYE BANK

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 4110027406..

Then, send the message: <Name> <Space> <I am Interested on ……(date you will be coming)> to the number: 08027833353 or Whatsapp: 07036931636.

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Things You Need To Have Before You Venture Into Any Kind Of Farming

Lucrativeness of farming has been promoted by several bloggers, newspapers and “Agribusiness Consultants”, so much that everyone, young and old, rich and poor, men and women are trooping towards it, in many cases blindly. This interest in farming is a good sign, but the concerns of what really drives young people towards farming remain. Below are 5 things to posses before going all out on agriculture in order to reap the much mentioned success in the sector.

1. Information/knowledge. How much knowledge about farming do you possess. Like any other profession, farming requires expertise, in fact it requires a great deal of expertise because of the dynamic aspects of agriculture. Information such as weather patterns, what crop to farm on what soil and when and how do one get the best market, are very important. If you are truly keen on going into farming, roll up your sleeves and learn first.

2. Passion. How much do you want to farm? What motivates you to become a farmer. Many young people are lured into the trade with the glossy stories of success in the media without acknowledging the potentially disastrous risks involved. If you are not so much into it, the returns wont be too much into you either. Without passion, you may totally lose interest and miss out of the opportunities in the Agribusiness sector after a first failed attempt.

3. Capital. Young people interested in farming encounter their first hurdle in terms of capital. This is normal. Remedy for this can be found in the many agricultural support loans being given out by organizations, banks and even the government. The most important thing is the information on how to access these financial services. However, I personally advise you make some money first from other sectors before venturing into farming, or if you have friends and family who will be ready to invest in you and your dreams then you are good to go!

4. Total Commitment. There is a new crop of young farmers who engage in farming “via proxy”, mobile phone farming or absentee farming. From my personal experience, this does not work at all. Even if you have a good farm manager, there a number of things that will go wrong without your actual presence. For greater rewards in farming, you need to be on site. If you are very busy, I advise you start out a small farm near your house, even on concrete floors you can grow in bags or plastic containers.

5. Persistence. You are more likely to be disappointed by your farm in the beginning. This is called the learning period and giving up should not be an option. Wrap the failures under the folder of experience and use it to become better. It is important to expect misfortunes and be ready for them. Just remember NEVER give up, even if you fail several times in your farming attempt despite receiving previous training know one thing…you are building yourself up for greater things, when other farmers see dangers you will see opportunities, those periods you will be the only one taking to the market and make good profit.

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Africa: The Mastercard Foundation Research Shows How African Youth Navigate Risk to Survive

PRESS RELEASE

Hundreds gather at the inaugural Young Africa Works Summit to address youth unemployment and opportunities within the agricultural sector

The MasterCard Foundation today released preliminary findings from innovative research conducted over the past six months into youth employment behaviours in Africa, where 600 million people are under the age of 25 and 72 percent of its youth live on less than US$2 per day. The Youth Livelihoods Diaries research highlights the extraordinary lengths that young people go to as they try to achieve sustainable livelihoods.

“There is a distinct lack of research into the daily lives of African youth as they seek secure, safe and better paid work,” said Ann Miles, Director of Programs, Financial Inclusion & Youth Livelihoods at the Foundation. “The agricultural sector is set to create eight million stable jobs by 2020 and up to 14 million if the sector is accelerated. We believe it has to feature prominently in development plans for the continent if we hope to achieve a prosperous future for young Africans.”

Solutions for accessing employment and micro-business opportunities within the agriculture value chain are a main topic at The MasterCard Foundation’s Young Africa Works Summit taking place in Cape Town on October 29-30.

This inaugural event is bringing together hundreds of experts, practitioners, young people and policymakers to discuss practical solutions to address youth unemployment on the continent. The Summit will explore strategies and solutions to enable young people to transition to more secure employment, focusing on the agricultural value chain as a prime source of opportunity. It will also provide a space to cultivate fresh ideas, partnerships and networks. More than 50 young people will be in attendance to share their perspectives in relation to employment or self-employment in this sector.

Preliminary findings of the Youth Livelihoods Diaries research project indicate that:

– Young people in Africa need to have multiple jobs to survive. Although many of them pursue various micro-business ideas, they often find themselves also having to work in agriculture (sometimes just for household consumption). This experience causes many not to consider agriculture as a viable profession.

– More than 50 percent of young people are able to save money. The majority are saving cash at home rather than using a bank account.

– Young people are increasingly using technology, particularly mobile phones. Although this provides new opportunities, it also presents costs.

– Information about jobs and skills acquisitions is seen as the greatest need for research participants.

In 2016, the Foundation will publish a comprehensive report that fully explores the data findings and patterns. To date, it has committed more than $US300 million to rural and agricultural initiatives that increase access to financial services and prepare young people for employment and/or entrepreneurship opportunities in Africa.

To follow the conversation at the Young Africa Works Summit, follow the Foundation on Twitter @MCFoundation and the event hashtag: #YAW2015. Summit materials can be found at http://www.youngafricaworks.org

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of The MasterCard Foundation.

About The MasterCard Foundation

The MasterCard Foundation works with visionary organizations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Africa.

As one of the largest, independent foundations, its work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion in order to alleviate poverty. Based in Toronto, Canada, its independence was established by MasterCard when the Foundation was created in 2006. For more information, please visitwww.mastercardfdn.org or follow us on Twitter @MCFoundation.

About The MasterCard Foundation’s Youth Livelihoods Program

The Youth Livelihoods Program seeks to improve the capacity of young men and women to transition to jobs or create businesses through a holistic approach which combines market-relevant skills training, mentorship and appropriate financial services. Through our partnerships, our program is supporting innovative models that help young people transition out of poverty and into stable livelihoods. Since 2010, the Foundation has committed $US291 million to 29 multi-year projects across 16 countries in Africa. More than 455,000 young people have been reached through the Youth Livelihoods program.

For more information, please contact:

Kristy Tomkinson

Communications Associate

The MasterCard Foundation

ktomkinson@mastercardfdn.org

+1-416-214-1426

Source: The MasterCard Foundation

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Nigeria: Apply for the Master Class in Cucumber Farming Setup and Management October Edition

IMG-20150509-00919Enormous business opportunities abound in the horticulture area of the Agriculture value chain in Nigeria, enough to generate income and employment for several youths. However, most of these opportunities are not fully tapped. Hence, the widespread of youth unemployment and underemployment.

Against this background, Agritechnovate Solutions Entreprises – a duly registered Agricultural company with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of Nigeria with registration number: BN 2315112 and champion for Agribusiness among Youths designed the first ever human-centered Agribusiness Master Class on Cucumber Farming for Youths and everyone interested in Agriculture(whether they have ever been to a farm or not) to create on-farm and off-farm employment opportunities presenting a viable and formidable option to reduce unemployment in Nigeria.

As have been severally said, Cucumber is just one crop that in recent times is having a great demand than supply in the market today and anywhere you grow cucumber you will have a ready market for it, so market is not the problem. The challenge lies in successfully producing cucumber profitably.

Hence this training is designed to assist several people from all walks of life, exposing them to the steps required in making profit as well as opportunities in the horticultural value chain in Nigeria.

At the end of the Master Class, participants should be able to:

  • Successfully Setup a Profitable Cucumber Farm.
  • Identify and tap into the various opportunities in the Horticulture value chain.
  • Effectively manage the challenges facing cucumber farming in any part of Nigeria.

Master Class Course Content:

  • Soil Testing and Management.
  • Assessment of Cucumber Farming viability and feasibility.
  • Sourcing and managing investment funds(Why you need a Bankable Business plan)
  • Branding, Packaging and Value Addition of Cucumbers.
  • Practical Guide to Setting up and Managing a Small Scale Cucumber Farm Profitably.
  • Post Harvest Management of Cucumber.
  • Why you have to fail to succeed (My Story).

Training Design: 

The training is designed in a human-centered model which will effectively benefit all in attendance hence we will have not more than 20 participants in this inaugural class. The 20 participants will further be divided into 2 streams of 3 hours each, morning (9am – 12pm) and (1pm to 4pm) evening class, 10 participants per stream.

After four weeks of training participants will be given a memory stick containing training materials, videos, texts and pictures of activities during the training.

Training Methods: 

Training is conducted in a Master Class Style, Students Practice what the Master instructs them and there is a home work every week to be done at home while reports in form of pictures and text and sent within the stipulated time frame. The participants are given training materials which will guide them during the practical class and in effectively doing the home works.

Venue:

Agritechnovate Teaching and Research farm,

Iganke Epale town,

Along Ikorodu-Epe Express Way,

Epe-Lagos State.

Dates:

4 Saturdays( 3rd, 10th , 24th and 31st October, 2015).

 Training Fee(NGN 25,000):

Registration and Evaluation Fee: NGN 5,000

Master Class Fee: NGN 20,000

Ideal Participant:

Participants should have an interest in farming and Agriculture and should have a small space(as small as 2m x 10m) near their homes to practice during the period of the Master Class.

About the Master Trainer:

 The Master Trainer is an International Agribusiness consultant, consulting for top-notch Agribusiness organisations across the world from Ergo Research in the USA to the Association of African Business Schools Agribusiness Consortium, South Africa – Kalu also has extensive experience in growing Cucumber having grown in various conditions in different locations in the past 9 months. Having failed severally, he knows what it takes to succeed…perseverance and doing it rightly from the beginning.

Kalu is a graduate of the foremost Business Certification in the prestigious University of Maryland, USA where he bagged a Certificate in Entrepreneurship: Launching an Innovative Business – a course he completed in July, 2015. As a Graduate of Soil Science from the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, getting his hand dirty has turned from a hubby to a profitable business and he intends to train as many people as possible, exposing them to the untapped potential in the Agri-food sector.

Application is on first come first serve basis, once we meet our quota, we will move the rest to the next class.

APPLY HERE

After Applying, Make Payment on or before Friday 25th September 2015 to this account:
Bank: Skye Bank
Account Name: Agritechnovate Solutions Enterprises
Account Number: 4110027406

After payment, send an email to samuel.kalu(at)agritechnovate.com in this format:

Full Name:
Depositors’ Name:
Phone No:
Location:
Gender:

“Until we practice Agriculture as a business venture, a profitable one at that…we wIll always have poor farmers” – Kalu Samuel

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Sign Up ForThe August Agric-Tour To Songhai Farms

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Apply: 2nd Farm2Market Vegetable Training in Ago Amodu, Saki – Oyo State

When you pay N25,000 for a month training, you automatically have:
1. Access to half acre of ploughable land to plant vegetable for a year free which will be allocated immediately after the one month training.
2. Accommodation of shared hotel room has been arranged for participant to stay for a month.
3. Seed will be given for you to pay at harvest.
4. You can only plant vegetables.
5. We will help to sell your vegetables if you follow the good agricultural practise that we will all learn during the training.
6. You must participate in vegetable training for minimum of a month.
7. No fertilizer will be given. We will teach on how to make your own organic fertilizer and you can easily buy the inorganic fertilizer and organic if you want.
8. You will pay for your tractor usage which isN3,000 per acre at the LGA. Trainee will take care of their farm labour.
9. You get to feed yourself throughout the period
10. You will take care of the farm land given to you but we will provide technical support throughout your planting period.
11. We take care of your accommodation for a month.
12. Alternative accommodation is been arranged for trainee to take care of themselves after the one month if they choose to stay.
13. We only have space for 30 trainee for the month of July.
14. Its on first pay first participating basis.
15. Participant should prepare for real farm work.

Training dates July 6th – July 31st
Where Ago Amodu Saki East LGA of Oyo State.
Contact no: 08064688501

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