#BounceExclusive: What's So Sexy About Farming? (Part 1)
Most of our parents, grandparents and generations before them lived and are living on agricultural produce.
Those who have spent their lives farming and eating fresh farm produce have been proven to live healthier lives than those of us who eat from cans and bottles.
Very few of the present generation are interested and involved in farming.
Most young Nigerians see it as old school and would rather wait for a white-collar job in the air-conditioned square shaped office.
But common sense beckons for two reasons - there is an available market to sell and store farm produce while making tremendous profit.
Secondly, there is a national and global shift away from fossil fuels and crude oil to environmentally friendly business - with primary focus on farmland.
In case you missed my name in the by-line, I am Israel Ojoko a full time journalist and a very, very proud farmer.
There are faulty preconceived notions that people who work in offices do not own farms especially women. It's a LIE!
Modern day farming has moved beyond the cutlass and hoe, beyond the sweaty backs and ridges. There is a tush was to own a farm and visit it with your 6-inch heels in place.
Now, if you have the will, interest and growing passion for farming but you are stuck on how to start or what to do, you have little to worry about because the most difficult part has already been taken care of – The Will.
Like every other business venture, very little effort is needed to move from point B to C. It's moving from A to B - moving from "I can't" to "I Must".
With the Will rolling, the next thing to decide is what type of farm you want to own.
Arable farming (planting crops - maize, cassava, yam, etc) or Livestock farming (rearing animals - pig, fish, cow, rabbit, etc).
When you decide on what to plant or rear, then you need to have some knowledge of the seasons.
Like the good book says there is a set time for everything. A time to plant, how long it will take the crop to mature. A time to harvest and the process involved.
This stage needs to be carefully thought through and planned. It will help you to know if you can plant more than one crop on a farm land and what are the risks involved.
In addition, you need to ask yourself, ‘how big or small do I want my farm to be?’.
This decision will determine your capital (how much you need to have to kickoff). But I will gove you this secret for free - there is wisdom in starting small. Not thinking small, starting small.
When these are sorted. The next phase is to identify the location. Lagos is becoming a Mega City, a metropolis with contemporary facilities and limited land space within the City Centre. Another priceless advise -consider food storage facilities within the city centre not farmland.
Ibadan, Abeokuta, Osobogbo and Akure are some spots within Nigeria's South-West to consider in search for farmland.
Do not locate your farm too far from the city you reside. You just asked why - The reason is simple - No one can take care of your farm better than you. Your crops or livestock are alive and they need care, love and attention just like babies.
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