How To Make Money From Ginger Farming
Ginger is one of the most profitable agricultural businesses in Nigeria and around the world. It is safe to say that ginger is a product that is used and bought on a daily basis. The demand for ginger has really increase due to the improvement in the knowledge of the benefits of ginger.
Ginger can be consumed raw, blended, in powder form, in foods and even in smoothies. In our previous post, we talked about the amazing benefits of ginger, the benefits are without a doubt mouth watering and enough reasons why you should use ginger if you do not.
Did you know that you can make money from ginger farming? Either you have a land to farm or you want to plant it in your house, harvetsing ginger is possible.
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Ginger is a tropical plant that will grow year-round if you’re in a warm environment. In cooler climates, ginger should be planted in a flower pot that can be brought inside during the cold months. The plant will take eight to ten months to reach maturity.
When to Harvest Ginger
Make sure that the plant is fuly grown before you harvest it, this should take about eight to ten months. This means that if you plant it in the February, it should be ready to harvest by September or October. The longer you wait to harvest your ginger root, the stronger it will taste.
How to Grow Ginger
To grow ginger either for personal use or for business follow these steps:
Get/Buy ginger root
To grow the most common variety of ginger—which is Zingiber officinale—you can simply buy ginger root from the sellers or a shop that has natural spices.
When choosing a ginger root to plant, look for roots that are plump and young. Any growth buds on the tips of the root—called the eyes—are a plus, as they are already beginning to grow.
Cut your ginger
You can plant an entire ginger root for one plant or cut it up to plant multiple. Simply cut your ginger into fragments, and allow it to sit out for a day to become dry and form a callus. Make sure that each piece you plant has an eye—which are the nodes at the ends of the plant—so that it will sprout properly.
Prepare the soil for planting
The best soil for ginger is loose, loamy, and rich in organic matter. Loamy soils allow water to drain freely, which will help prevent the rhizomes from becoming waterlogged. Thick mulch can also provide nutrients, retain water, and help control weeds. You want to plant your ginger in well-draining soil to prevent rot.
Choose a location
Ginger thrives in partial shade with only about two to five hours of sun a day. Take that into account if you’re planting your ginger outdoors. If you are planting your ginger in a pot, use a plastic pot at least 12 inches deep. If you’re in a warm climate, you’ll be able to grow your ginger year-round. If you’re in a cold climate with harsh winters, plant it in a pot so that you can move the ginger indoors in the winter.
Plant your ginger
Bury your ginger roots two to four inches below the soil at least eight inches apart. If you’re planting ginger in a pot, plant only one piece of ginger because it will need plenty of space. If any of the roots are sprouting, plant so that the buds are pointing upwards.
Water your ginger
Water your ginger directly after you plant it. Continue to keep your soil moist but not saturated, watering it until just before the soil dries out.
Remember that if you do not have a farm, you can do this in your garden or a dedicated space at your house.
Here’s how to make money after harvesting your ginger:
Wholesale, export and Retail sale
You can sell your ginger in three form, fresh, dried and powdered form. Research for the acceptable standard for export. It has a very lucrative market out side of Nigeria with increasing knowledge on the benefits of ginger. You can also sell the ginger in large and smaller bits to food vendors, smoothie makers, ginger sellers, supermarkets, shopping malls and ither important places where ginger should be. You can make money selling ginger roots.