This article promises to explain what organic farming is, list of farm business ideas and why organic farming is the best.
Over the years, the demand for natural food has continued to be on the increase following the discovery that chemically grown and preserved foods are cancer coursing agents.
Researches have shown that food and vegetables grown with the help of chemicals such as fertilizers are not in anyway good for human consumption. But have this stop? The answer is No!
Ever growing population have made many farmers resort to fertilizers, chemicals, and preservatives to meet up with everyday demand.
This give farmers who are into organic farming business in Nigeria the room to make more money since attentions are gradually shifting from inorganic to organic grown food.
In this article, I will show you some of the organic farm business ideas to leverage on to make reasonable amount of money from.
What is Organic Farming?
Organic farming as discovered by Sir Albert Howard (1905) is the method of growing quality crops, vegetables, or animals, naturally without the use of artificial agricultural input (fertilizer).
In organic farming we do crop rotation, mulching and tilling. Livestock are allowed access to outdoors and are fed with natural food.
A typical example of what we are saying is found in our villages where our grandparents reside. They grow vegetables at the back of their company with livestock droppings (manure/ decomposed).
Recall that livestock raised in our villages are allowed access to patrol the environment and scratch the ground for their food. This way they grow without the help of growth piles or antibiotics.
List of Organic Farm Business Ideas
Following the awareness of cancer coursing agents in our society, we have carefully listed foods one can grow organically for money.
The simplest way to get into organic agriculture business is to grow organic produce.
- Plantain & Banana
- Ginger and Garlic
- Red Pepper
The list above are some of the businesses you should actually consider. They require no fertilizers to grow in Nigeria. They are everyday food consumed in every home.
Why is Organic Farming the Best?
A lot of sensitization has gone into organic agriculture business. In this system of farming, the use of pesticides is restricted.
Below are reasons naturally grown food and vegetables are preferred to that of chemically enhanced ones.
- Contains less chemical such as fertilizers
- It saves cost as farmers need not to buy expensive insecticides and fertilizers
- Does not contain preservative to make farm produce last longer than required
- Reduces pollution, soil erosion and increases the fertility of the soil
- Organic foods are rich in nutrients and vitamins
- Organic foods cost less to grow since they do need depend on artificial fertilizers, pesticides, etc
- They are harvested fresh
Things to do Before You Start Organic Farming Business
In starting any venture there are possible things you must not overlook. We have below the most important things you must do before starting organic farming .
- Ask questions and get a mentor
- Get a suitable site (farmland)
- Study and understand your market
- Get good compost to prepare the soil
- You must monitor what you plant
- The last but not the least is networking among other farmers and buyers.
There is no better time to choose amongst the organic farm business ideas listed above. There is opportunity for farmer to make a lot of money in this system of farming because it is cost effective.
Since organic farming requires little or no artificial fertilizer it becomes more safe for both man, animals, and environment.
Never forget that farming business in Nigeria generally require little patience. Always network, study the market and also get new ideas.