Vegetable farming is one aspect of farming in Nigeria that is capable of yielding a quick return on investment for farmers dealing in the business, especially when cultivated during the dry season.
Farmers who deal in vegetable be it leafy or fruity says it is a money spinner that can assist the Nigerian economy out of this present recession.
Vegetable farming cuts across fruity and leafy, fruity vegetables include; paw paw, pineapple, tomatoes, pepper, among others while the leafy vegetables include; lettuce, cabbage, spring onions, shoko, tete, ewedu, efo igbogbo, ugu, gbure, bitter leaf and the likes.
They stated that vegetable is best cultivated during the dry season as it the period vegetable farmers smile endlessly to the bank due to the accruing profit.
According to the farmers who spoke with the DAILY INDEPENDENT, “vegetable farming is one of the easiest agricultural engagements which are always in high demand all year round.
“Nutritional experts have stressed that vegetables, like fruits, are low in calories and fats but contain good amounts of vitamins and minerals and that all the Green-Yellow-Orange vegetables are rich sources of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, beta-carotene, vitamin B-complex, vitamin-C, vitamin-A, and vitamin K”.
According to Eze Alozie a vegetable farmer who plants ugu, soko and ewedu stated that vegetable farming is faster and very lucrative, adding that the period is unlike the time you spend cultivating cassava, maize and other crops.
Emphasising that it is a fast money making business with the lesser amount of capital invested, Alozie further said he has not regretted venturing into vegetable farming as he is comfortable with the returns from the business as it not too stressful.
According to him, if properly handled one can make double of the investment during harvest, stressing that ugu vegetable, for example, is the most consumed vegetable in Nigeria and that there are export potential for the vegetable which can also earn the country foreign exchange.
“The business is very good since I begin vegetable farming there has been tremendous change in my life. You will enjoy it more during dry season. I am proud to be ugu farmer; if you start ugu business you cannot regret it,” he said.
Therefore, he called on Nigerian youths to look into venturing into vegetable farming because it is a money spinner and does not require a lot of capital to start.
Also, Adewumi Malik-Adeola noted that vegetable is best done during the dry season.
“When you want to make more profit it is best done in the dry season whereby you have a swampy area to do the planting or you have irrigation that is when you can make the most profit ever.
She said seeds can be purchased in the open market or extension offices or research institutes from Ibadan.
He said within a month you start harvesting your vegetables.