In recent years, soaring food prices, food shortages in Nigeria have generated interest in farming by a lot of entrepreneurs, from livestock farming to crop farming, you name it. So now, farming is fast recovering its old respectable standing in the economy.
If you’re thinking about what it really takes to start a profitable farming business – then keep reading…
There are lots of conflicting and, unfortunately, wrong information out there about farming, not to mention how overwhelming it can be to figure out how to start, in the rapidly shifting operating environment that we live in today.
That’s why I decided to share some practical steps you can use to start a farming business. In the southern part of Nigeria where I live, the following farming business types are popular:
- Pig farming
- Poultry farming
- Crop farming
Starting with pig farming, I will be sharing what you need to do first, second, third, and so on to eliminate the overwhelm associated with starting a farm, to help you set up your profitable Pig Farming business .
#1: Get a Farmland for Pig Breeding
In the pig farming business, the land is your primary investment. It is the most critical, not only because it accommodates the entire enterprise, but because it is very difficult to correct once you have invested in construction and infrastructure on the land.
Once you can secure a suitable pig farmland, you’re halfway near a successful business. That’s why, you must think very carefully before you buy your farmland and start investing on it.
Here are some factors that you need to take into consideration to get a suitable land for pig farming.
- Proximity of farmland to workers and their homes
- Should not be too far from the main road; such that products are accessible to the market, and to suppliers of feeds
- An acre of land would be enough for intensive piggery of 1000 pigs
- Good neighborliness community, such that you are not a loner in the area
- Location should not be too close to residential areas, to avoid bad relationships with residents
One thing: the land size you acquire would actually depend on the scale of your production. If you already have a plot of land in a suitable location, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start small there, for a start – bearing in mind government livestock regulations.
If you can afford it now, then a big farmland (upwards of one acre) would be worthwhile, because it would readily help to manage large scale production well into the future, when the number of pigs would have multiplied.
Another thing: getting a farmland in rural areas can save you lots of money. By this, you can transport your products to nearby towns. Butchers may even come to your farm to buy, again saving you transportation costs.
And now, over to you: Do you already have a land you can use? Or, are you planning to acquire one?
Whichever, write and let me know. I’ll read every email.
We will continue next week.