Why Farmers Should Engage In Vegetable Farming at this Time
An agronomist, Dr David Igonibo, has urged farmers in the country to engage more in vegetable farming, due to its high commercial value.
He has also described vegetable farming as a reliable business, particularly during the off season, when other crops could not be commercially produced.
Igonibo, a researcher at the Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan, disclosed this to aviation correspondents, last Friday, while reacting to food production and high cost of items in the country.
He noted that vegetable production required small area of land for profitable production and cultivation.
According to him, vegetable production could generate higher amount of cash income per unit area of land, more than other crops, and ensure continuous inflow of cash to farmers.
Igonibo explained that vegetables also have readily available markets, and advised farmers to always use early maturing varieties of vegetables due to the short cropping period of the dry season.
“It will be very beneficial to plant vegetables, using direct or transplanting methods in November to April depending on accessibility to the area to be cultivated.
“There is a platform for sharing of information related to food and agricultural activities among intending and practising farmers.
“They could get proper information or lecture on how to grow vegetables, profitability of dry season vegetable production and nutritional benefits of vegetables.
“In that platform, they can also learn about classification of vegetables, how to select sites for farms, general cultivation practices for dry season plantation, and how to plant vegetables to obtain high profits”’, he said.
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