Factors Contributing to the Success of livestock farms in Nigeria

When an agripreneur establishes an agri-business, a great deal of work goes into making it a success. Experienced agripreneur will tell you that success in agribusiness is planned and does not happen by accident. Several factors contribute to the success of livestock farms in Nigeria, and understanding what they are and how they work together can help your agri-business succeed.
Fund: Fund must be available as when needed according to plan to avoid creating stress factors which would cost so much in revenue loss.
Housing: Proper ventilation and spacing is a critical success factor. Position your house to give the animal’s maximum ventilation and reduce heat.

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Organic farming

Organic farming is a method of crop and livestock production that doesn’t involve the use of pesticides, fertilizer, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones. Organic farming promotes the use of crop rotations and cover crops and encourages balanced host/predator relationships. Organic residues and nutrients produced on the farm are recycled back to the soil, cover crops and composted manure are used to maintain soil organic matter and fertility.

Why organic farming

The main objectives of organic farming include the following:

–    To maintain long-term soil fertility by optimizing conditions for biological activity within the soil.

–    To maintain biological diversity within the system

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Biosecurity Measures in Animal Production

Biosecurity is a set of measures for protecting a population from infectious diseases. Biosecurity also means doing everything you can to keep diseases out of your farm. Biosecurity measures are the key to keeping healthy animals, it is also what is done to reduce the chances of an infectious diseases being carried to your farm.
Why is biosecurity important?
The main goal of biosecurity measures is to prevent, control and manage risks on your farm and animals. Practicing biosecurity can help keep disease away from your farm and keep your animal’s healthy animal produce better and increase your profits.

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Agricultural Product Marketing: Vegetables

Vegetable production is a small-scale business that you can start with little or no capital base. One benefit of this agri-business is that it requires no cost of maintenance to run the business. Also, there is always demand for fresh leafy vegetables like; the Waterleaf, Scent Leaf, Ugu leaf etc.
Vegetable marketing in Nigeria is one of the big way to get involved in agriculture and make money very fast. You get to buy from the farmers and sell to individuals and organization that needs it. But marketing is unique for each product. This post will be on marketing of vegetables.

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Greenhouse Farming in Nigeria

What is Greenhouse Farming?

Greenhouse farming is the type of farming in which vegetable crops are grown in built structures (wood, plastic, metal and net). Greenhouse vegetable farming is one ideal way to ensure optimum yields of a variety of vegetables grown in the country. Types of vegetables grown in a greenhouse include cucumbers, sweet pepper, lettuce and tomatoes. These vegetable are the most profitable due to its high consumption in the country.



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Farm Record Keeping in Agri-business

The success of any agri-business depends on accurate record keeping. Farm records keeping is an activity most farmers try to avoid. They say it is time-consuming. However, record keeping is a very important task in agriculture. If you plan to be a prominent farmer with productive farms, you cannot avoid record keeping in your daily farming endeavours.

Expenses and income records helps to determine profit or loss at the end of the financial year. Above all, record keeping helps to evaluate management practices that might need to be improved upon. In this post, i will give farmers and intending farmer’s reasons to be very particular about records keeping.

  • Better farm planning and forecasting

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Sheep and Goat Farming In Nigeria:Beginner’s Guide

Sheep and Goat Farming
Sheep and Goat farming in Nigeria is not a new enterprise, it is a traditional business that is profitable, less risky and very easy to start up. Sheep&Goat farming has been in existence since the ancient time. Generally it means rearing Sheep&Goat for the purpose of harvesting milk, meat, wool and fiber. At present, Sheep&Goat farming has become a profitable business as it requires a very low investment because of its multi-functional utility. Sheep&Goat also can be used as a tool for poverty reduction and plays an important role in the economic growth of Nigeria.

Farm Location
Selecting a suitable location for starting a Sheep&Goat farm is very important. Consider the essential facilities, while selecting the location. Clean and fresh water source, availability of adequate amount of greens, access to proper medication, transportation and proper marketing are the essential facilities for starting commercial sheep&goat farming.

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Getting into a new business is a milestone as you have triumph the problem deciding what line of business to engage in and kick starting it. However, studies have shown that sustaining business to successfully go through transition at different stages of growth have been more daunting challenge than starting them.
Why most agribusiness fail today is because of lack of foresight to implement change at the appropriate time as the business runs. To be a successful agripreneur, you need to able to move your business from one stage to another, so as to create wealth and build up sustainably.

Generally planning, decision making, management, business performance evaluation, self-discipline, customer service and retention strategy, financing the business and handling of stress and pressure are implicated in the actualization of success or not of a business. However imperative causes of why most agribusiness fail and possible solutions would be pointed out in this post: Read More

Start up Lesson For Every Agripreneurs

Agripreneurs are a new breed of entrepreneurs combining their love of farming and agriculture with business. A successful agripreneur is one who has the ability to think outside the box, recognizing opportunities which others could not see. Here are some Start up lesson for every agripreneurs:

  • Identify one area of agribusiness

If you are a “Jack of all trades” you will find it difficult being a master in one business. You need to concentrate on building and promoting a business. Do not start  agri-business because you heard it bring high returns, venture into a business you love and have background information on, study the business carefully, build an energy around the business, acquire more skill on the business, apply your own ideas, bring in experts that will help you grow the business.

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There are several business opportunities available in the agricultural industry and one good thing about the industry is that there is market for all the produce which the industry produce. Over the years, researchers and scientist have been reaching for ways to improve the agricultural sector. For beginners the investment costs are generally low, and the return on investment are decent. If you are looking to for opportunities in the agriculture industry, some of the profitable agricultural business ideas for young entrepreneurs are listed below:

Cassava farming: Cassava is the most important and regular staple food for Africans. The market for starch in Nigeria and other neighbouring countries in Africa is huge. But the lack of quality cassava processing facilities within the country is a huge business opportunity that you can take advantage of
Food processing and storage: is also one of the good agricultural business opportunities. Most of the food produced in Nigeria end up as waste because of lack of storage facilities Read More