Now I understand why olden days and village farmers married plenty of wives and give birth to many kids
Getting farmworkers is a very tedious task in farming, especially for those that have their farm within the forest (outskirts of the town I mean)
For someone to leave the city and stay on your farm that you situate within the forest is a huge commitment on the worker’s part
My farm (permanent site) is just 5mins drive from the nearest town yet I found it difficult to get people to sleep at my farm without the fear that someone will kidnap them overnight
I do not have this challenge when I was at the Ofada farm cos that is situated in the main Ofada town, the farm is even along the busy Mowe/Isiun road.
I have a room, parlor, bathroom, and kitchen self contain built with bricks on the farm but still a very big challenge for a smart and educated person to sleep over
The media has corrupted the minds of every average Nigerian, at the sight of herdsmen, what the average Nigerian see is terror.
At the site of idling bushes, what the average Nigerian in suits see is Kidnappers hidden somewhere within the bushes
As a farmer in the country, especially those the leaves the white-collar job to face it fully, walahi, I deserve a National Honour.
I thread in the bush daily, I saw snakes and all sorts of strange animals daily, most times I may not see fine places such as Ikeja in 1/2months
Aside from the tedious aspect of the job, getting smart people to join us is a very huge task, we had to rely on the local people and these lots have also been brainwashed by what they see on the media that they can make quick money if they face TikTok or do yahoo with their smartphone
The major loss I had on my farm last year was due to a lack of workers,
I have to abandon the farm business all through late last year till whenever I’m technically ready to face the rigors alone.
This is why you have not been seeing me talking about the smoked catfish and poultry business for some time now.
I had to move my family permanently to the area where I have my permanent site to monitor the farm by myself. We moved three weeks ago, and my kids have stopped going to school since then cos I have not found a good school around.
The rain has started now and one of the big issues with plantain farming is the clearing of weeds, I have to downsize my plantain farm to 5acres so the cost of weeding daily will not send me back to the village.
Getting salary workers to handle that aspect of weeding is almost an impossible task, I use Mallams who get paid daily to clear the farm, they charge N2500 + garri and sugar + transport fare
Now I’ve been working to recruit all my family members into the fish farming aspect, I’ve scrapped poultry till further notice.
My advice to people that run livestock farming, the best advice is to try and get your farm situated around town if you want to make life easier for you
If you’re a family man with a wife and kids, recruit them all into the business, and teach them how to run every activity on the farm in your absence
As I’m talking to you, I now run a family business:
I’m the CEO, my wife is the manager, my 14year old sister is the supervisor and I’m working on bringing my retiree Dad to join me at the farm, when my two boys come of age, they’ll also join us at the farm till when they gain admission to the University
If you’re running a crop farm, kindly note that the productivity of the farm doesn’t equate with the size of the farm. You might have a 5acres plantain farm, yielding well and very profitable than someone owing a 20acres farm. The more the size of the farm, the more challenges of taking care of it.
I do not like crop farming cos it is very tedious, it’s not something you can do alone, you need dedicated people to join you and if you couldn’t hire people, you’ll be in the soup, and your effort and money will go to waste.
The size of the land is just a very small factor to consider when going into crop farming, you need to consider funds, logistics, and labour, these three that I mention will drive you crazy if you do not plan them well.
When I started my plantain farming, I leased 30acres of farmland, now I’m left with just 5acres, I had to abandon the rest cos I can’t come and die young.
The very first challenge I have is labour and logistics.
I first abandoned the farm that is very far from the town, aside from getting labour, the cost of getting people to work on the farm nearly cause an earthquake in my bank account
Now I’m left with 5acres that I think I can conveniently manage without many issues
Wisdom is profitable to direct in the farming business