) There is no other African country where Farming is as viable as it is in Nigeria in terms of productivity and profitability.
2) There is no other country where farmers are more advantaged as they are in Nigeria as regards demands for the produce. Take a look at my top five reasons why you must start Farming in Nigeria now.
Why Farming In Nigeria?
(1) Nigeria has a huge population of over 200 million people, twice more than the populations of Zimbabwe and South Africa combined. The entire population of Nigeria depends on staple foods produced from farms and another farm produces for their daily meals and sustenance. More than 80 percent of Nigerians buy their farm produce from the market.
(2) Nigeria has large expanses of fertile farmlands laying fallow across the nation. Nigerian land area, when measured in sq km, is about 910,770. The land area of any country is the country’s total area, excluding areas that are considered to be water bodies. So, Nigeria has one of the biggest expanses of Land in Africa of which 70 percent is available for farming.
(3) Nigerian Government is seriously turning its attention to promoting farming in Nigeria to help boost food productions in the country and minimize food importation. The government is willing to assist any would-be farming entrepreneur/investors with the necessary supports and logistics.
(4) Nigerians boast the highest purchasing power in Africa, far more than any other indigenous Africans. We buy things here and we pay cash. Talk about parties, Nigeria is the most merriment people on earth. The food used for parties and merriment in Nigeria can feed four other African countries.
(5) By the time Nigeria attains its full capacity utilization is agriculture, farming will become a great foreign currency earner more than the oil. The implication is that Nigerian farmers will be able to earn in Naira and in Dollars as well as other foreign currencies.
List of Lucrative Farming in Nigeria
The prospect of farming in Nigeria is so high that only a fool will ignore it. Having said that, let’s take a closer look at some of the types of Farming that does very well in Nigeria.
1. Rice Farming
Nigeria has one of the world’s highest Rice consumption stat. Rice is by far one of the most popular staple food among Nigerians. Almost every family eats rice daily in Nigeria. In 2011 alone, Nigeria spent N991billion on rice importation and the rice we import is said to be nothing less than 10 years old in storage. That means we spent billions buying rice that has since lost its nutritional values.
Any entrepreneur who goes into rice farming and gets it right is sure to be smiling to the bank. A bag of rice is currently sold for N13,000 to N16,000 depending on the quality. A farmer who is able to invest in large scale rice production in Nigeria and able to produce 100,000 Bags of processed Rice in a year, sell at a wholesale price of about N10,000 per bag, he will be making 10,000 x 100,000 = N1,000,000,000 ($3million)
You can achieve the above figures conveniently with less than five hundred and fifty million Naira ($1.5 Million) capital investment. I am currently looking for who to partner with this. If you have the cash, I have the logistics and good planning to achieve this result. Serious investors only!
2. Cassava Farming
The popularity of cassava as the major source of food for Nigerians dates back to ages. Between Garri and Rice, it is hard to tell which one is the most popular food in Nigeria. Both are the most consumed food staples among the citizen. I think if one is the King the other should be the Queen.
A bag of Garri costs almost the same as a bag of rice. Apart from garri, there are countless of other foodstuffs that are processed from Cassava in Nigeria. The introduction of the high yield species of Cassava has made it possible for Nigerian cassava farmers to produce more cassava per plot. Nearly every land in Nigeria is good for growing Cassava and 1 Acre, when properly planted and managed can produce thousands of Naira worth of cassava in a year!
3. Plantain Plantation
One thing I like about Plantain is that when planted once, it keeps producing year in year out for eternity. Like Rice and Garri, Plantain is widely consumed in Nigeria. Any food that is popular in Nigeria is always a huge income-earner due to the population of the country.
I really haven’t seen Farmers in Nigeria taking advantage of the opportunity in Plantain Farming to create wealth for themselves. Plantain is highly-priced in Nigeria and is always in high demand all year round. Fry it, Boil it, Roast it — it will never get angry with you, that’s how liberal Plantain is. I can tell you, Millions of Naira is currently lying fallow untapped in this sector of Farming in Nigeria.
4. Poultry Farming
Everyone knows how profitable poultry farming is, it doesn’t need much introduction. Yet, it is still not fully tapped. What we currently have is few badly managed, scantily equipped poultry farms here and there. I’m yet to see a full-fledged, high tech poultry farm except for Obasanjo Farm.
The entrepreneur who is able to fire up serious investment into this sector will have a huge profit to contend with. The reason is that Nigerians eat chicken more than snakes does and 70% of our consumption still based on importation. The egg is yet another goldmine!
5. Pineapple Farming
Money is sweet, everything sweet is money, and Pineapple is sweet. Ask any Australian Farmer and he will tell you how huge the income in Pineapple farming is in their country. Any juice maker that doesn’t have Pineapple flavor variety in his product line is not yet in business. That tells you how popular Pineapple is, not only in Nigeria but worldwide.
Nigeria seems to have better soil for Pineapple Farming than Australia where Farmers are making it big in the business. A Pineapple sells in the Mile-12 market in Lagos for about N200. If you are able to harvest one million in a year, you will earn at least N80 x 1,000,000 = N80,000,000
6. Beans Farming
A bag of Beans cost twice more than a bag of Rice and Garri. The Northern Nigerians are making it big in Beans Farming, supplying almost all over Nigeria and beyond. But one thing is that this same Beans also can do very well in the South East, South West, and South-South Nigeria soils. So why only the North?
7. Catfish Farming
Catfish Business is really hyping in Nigeria right now but how many are really getting it right? Get it right and you’re in the money.
A single Catfish sells for N700 in Restaurants and about N400 in the open market.
8. Goat Rearing
It’s only in the North that goat is reared in commercial quantity. I don’t know why we are so looking down on-farm investment in the South even though there are millions to be made in this business. Why would you choose to sell used shoes in Oshodi and make few thousands of Naira every year when you could engage in a productive farming business and make millions of Naira?
In the USA and Australia, Farmers are among the Richest people – Get involved in professional goat rearing and make money for yourself. A full-grown goat sells for between N15,000 to N40,000
9. Snail Farming
I see Snail Farming really picking up in Nigeria very soon — but if you don’t hurry up, others will make all the money before you realize what you are missing. The potential in this business for you is about N50,000,000 Annual revenue.
10. Maize Farming
You will never know the profit in Maize Farming in Nigeria until you try it. One thing I like about maize is that everything happens fast. It takes less than Four months between planting and harvesting.