How I started my farming business with N50,000-Hamisu

1/13/2022 7:38:00 PM

Usman Hamisu Garba is an undergraduate student of Agriculture at the Bayero University Kano. In this interview, he speaks about his experience as a maize and cowpea farmer.

Usman Hamisu Garba is an undergraduate student of Agriculture at the Bayero University Kano. In this interview, he speaks about his experience as a maize and cowpea farmer.

Usman Hamisu Garba is an undergraduate student of Agriculture at the Bayero University Kano. In this interview, he speaks about his experience as a maize and cowpea farmer.

How would you describe your early experience in farming? I cultivate three acres of land, although there are other plots of land that I have, of which I do not know the exact size. Where do you source your seeds?Well, I have reaped many benefits. Through farming, I have met a lot of people who helped me in many ways. For example, some of the people I met have helped me in my farming in a way that improved my production. This, I think, is a big achievement, because it means a lot to have someone that will create an impact on your life. Farming is everything to me. 

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Were you by any chance influenced by someone to start farming? Yes.Although your returns will largely depend on the capital you are willing to invest, I will share some great business ideas that you can start with immediately and have stable returns of 10k daily.Published 12 January 2022 Bandits have levied operators at a gold processing site in the Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State, N10,000 for uninterrupted running of the site.Published 12 January 2022 No fewer than five persons have been killed by suspected herdsmen at Arimogija community in the Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.

I was influenced by my cousin, Abdullahi. He has been into farming since when he was young. I know a lot of women that will not want to go through the stress of going to a salon, this can be your target market. He is passionate about farming and agriculture in general. It was learnt that the bandits imposed the levy on the operators after invading the site on Thursday night and killing two of the operators. He not only influenced my decision to start farming, but he also introduced me to farming. Making a person’s hair should cost about N5,000 per person, you can make revenue of N10,000 to N20, 000 per day if you make hair for four persons in a day. I am also studying Agriculture at the university.” The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed the incident, but did not give details.

How you can stay relevant in the workplace How would you describe your early experience in farming?  It was quite an interesting journey. Look at the potential income you could make. The Chairman of the Katsina Minerals Processors, Tasi’u Abdullahi, confirmed the incident. I didn’t have experience in farming. That cost me a lot. You can also learn on YouTube. I was also not keeping records of the farming operations, which I should have, to know whether or not I was making any profits.10pm. But with time, I came to understand how important it was to document everything. The possibilities are endless! You will need about N20,000 to start a roadside food business.

And as a student of Agriculture, I can tell you that record-keeping is what gives a farmer a sense of direction in his farming because it gives you the idea as to whether or not your investment is translating into the success of your farming business.  What is the size of your farmland?  I cultivate three acres of land, although there are other plots of land that I have, of which I do not know the exact size. Soap and diffuser making – There are a lot of free recipes to learn on YouTube.’ They killed two of our people, injured five others and kidnapped 11.  How much capital did you start with and with what crops? I think I started my first farming with N50,000 – N60,000. And I sowed maize and cowpea. You can begin this business with N10,000 – N15,000, bulk produce and sell to target companies and individuals.  Where do you source your seeds? I source my seeds from Bayero University Kano, old Faculty of Agriculture.

  From the time you started farming to this time, can you say that you have reaped other benefits from the venture aside from the proceeds from your crops? Well, I have reaped many benefits. Uber/Bolt driver – This business sure brings in major income! Good thing is you don’t have to own your own car to start this business, you will need to know how to drive and have a driver’s licence. Through farming, I have met a lot of people who helped me in many ways. For example, some of the people I met have helped me in my farming in a way that improved my production. A ride can fetch up to N1,500, and with 10 rides in a day, you already have N10,000. This, I think, is a big achievement, because it means a lot to have someone that will create an impact on your life. Farming is everything to me. Jimoh Abdullahi.

  What has been your challenges? The biggest challenge I am experiencing now is climate change. For example, the weather these days is unpredictable. You might have noticed that in this season, we experienced erratic rainfall in many areas. This is seriously affecting farmers.  Were there times when you felt like giving up farming? Venturing into something you don’t have experience in at first is challenging.

When I started farming, there were many challenges so much that I thought of quitting it. Challenges can sometimes make one quit as quickly as he started. It wasn’t easy at first, but it is now all history. What goals would you love to achieve in your farming business in the next 10 years? First, I would like to expand my farm and scale up the production to grow more food for the benefit of the people. The only way we can attain food sufficiency is by producing more food or by deploying good agronomic practices and technologies that can see to the actualisation of a food-secure nation.

Are there agricultural extension specialists/workers in your area who guide you on your production? I have never come across an extension agent in our area. They have important roles to play in changing the face of farming in Nigeria since they have direct contact with the farmers. If we have a sound and robust extension service in the country, a lot of problems affecting farmers will be addressed. As a farmer, what drought-coping methods or mechanisms are you adopting to ensure optimal yield? Yes, one has to devise a means to make things work for one. When I realised that rain-fed farming is no longer reliable these days, I opted for dry season farming, because it is where you have control over the water that gets to the crop.

You can even apply the water based on the consumptive requirement of the plant. I can tell you that it is very efficient.  What do you think the government should do to address the problems associated with farming and agriculture in general?  The most important thing is for the government to strengthen extension service delivery to the farmers: Where you have an effective extension service, farmers can connect with research institutes through extension agents.  The government should also make it a priority to give grants to research institutes because that is where new ideas and technologies are bred. Mechanisation is also very important.

It can be in the form of a loan. For example, farmers could be given tractors and other implements as loans. This will help improve productivity.  How would you compare the yield of your farm this season to last year’s? My yield this season is more than that of last season, and the reason is: I used irrigation. Last season, I had a challenge with the rainfall; it was too much for my crops, and that affected my yield.

And as I said earlier, with irrigation, one has control over the amount of water that gets to the crop.  How is the upsurge of prices of food items affecting you as a farmer? Well, in my opinion, the increase in the prices of food items is not what we desired. Even though some farmers produce enough food for their families and sales, there is this problem of an increase in the price of agricultural inputs. With the skyrocketing prices of these inputs, your return from the farm will reduce when you calculate the investment you injected into the production.  How can farmers on their help themselves to overcome their challenges? Farmers should have the same goal and work hard to achieve it.

For example, the need for having cooperative societies and other organisations that are farming-oriented are nice approaches that can help farmers achieve their goals.  What are your production plans for next season? I am planning to scale up my production; cultivate more crops that I have never cultivated before. I’d explore planting vegetables, Moringa and other crops.  Do you have any success stories you would love to share with other farmers?  For now, I will say we are all hoping to be successful.  What message do you have for farmers in Nigeria? The message I have for Nigerian farmers is: we should try to put people first before profits.

We should strive and achieve food security in the country. Our main goal should be to achieve food sufficiency in the country. Rilwan Muhammad .