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Steps to Start Palm Kernel Farm in Nigeria

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The Palm Kernel is an awesome product extracted after Palm oil has been extracted from the Palm fruits. Processing of the Palm Kernel nuts gives Palm kernel oil, a reddish thick liquid substance used at home for cooking and as an additive for industrial processes. It is scientifically called Elaeis guineensis.

Besides the Palm Kernel oil, the chaff gotten by cracking the Palm kernel shell can be used for animal feed production, fertilizer production or as a fuel for cooking. Hence, the Palm Kernel serves several useful purposes which is why farming it can never be seen as a waste of time.

The raw material used in making the Palm kernel oil (i.e., the palm kernel cake) is a product that is in high demand right now. So, I recommend this as a good business idea to invest in if you are looking for something to venture into.

In this article, I am going to discuss with you in details the steps to start palm kernel farming in Nigeria. I pray that you get to see the information shared here useful.

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A Palm kernel farm with several oil palm trees

How to Start a Palm Kernel farm in Nigeria

1. Determine Your Production Scale

One of the major mistakes would-be farmers make is not determining at the early stage the kind of farming scale they will operate at.

You need to be sure of the kind of farming scale that you wish to operate. By that I mean do you want it to be a small scale venture, medium scale farming or large scale farming? Besides, are you in this for the money, to add value or as a side hubby?

Do you want to do this business long-term or is it just something that you want to do for the moment and discard after a few years? Being definite about this will assist you to determine the cost, profit and other business additives that can give you a 90% guarantee of a successful business at the end of the day.

2. Source for A Good Piece of Land

Remember, you are starting a farm. Hence, you should set out for a piece of land rich in essential nutrients for the crop’s optimal growth. Besides, the topography of the land is very important. Apart from this the land must not be water-logged as the plant would not do well on a water-logged piece of land. That being said, the land must be well-drained as the crop would need sufficient amount of water and nutrient to bear good fruits for harvest.

During the establishment of your Palm kernel farmland, you have to carefully survey and cross-checked the nooks and crannies of the farm and ensure that it is fit for the plant’s growth and development.

A good soil should be properly aerated to allow for the smooth and rapid flow of water and plant nutrient. So, look out for a parcel of land with the appropriate amount of clay, dirt, humus, and sand. These provide the macro and micronutrient needed by the crop for optimal growth.

  • Soil

One of the important factors is the soil. Soil is the outermost layer of the earth surface, formed from the composition of decaying organic matter and minerals. Soil is the basic and normal medium for plant growth.

The availability of soil is important and not just soil but soil with high nutrient and water capability as plant tap these water and nutrient to bear good fruits for harvest.

  • Drainage

I have mentioned this already, I just want to emphasize it because it is important. So, another factor that you should put into consideration is the drainage pattern of the area you wish to set out your palm kernel farm.

It is not proper to carry out your farming activity in a water-logged land piece of land or in an area inclined to erosion. Erosion weakens the roots of the plant and carts away with the plant’s nutrient needed for survive of the plant. The Plant needs a well-drained soil to grow at an optimal rate.

A palm kernel production or cultivation will not go well with a soil heavy in clay content. Such a piece of land absorbs much moisture and repels the proper growth of the plant’s roots. This hinders the plant from growing optimally.

  • Topography

Topography or the layout of the farmland is a very essential factor in choosing a farm for palm kernel production.

The quantity of water in the soil and the rate at which they are transported are also being affected by the shape of the soil. A sloppy area will help bring about erosion and soil fragmentation.

A table land keeps the entire planting land at risk to different environmental factors like the erosion and the delays in soil formation. Hence, you should avoid such a piece of land for your palm kernel farming.

  • Climate

Another factor to be put in consideration when choosing a good farmland for palm kernel farming is the climate changes of the area. Climate is one big factor when it comes to the choice of farmland. It includes the rate of rainfall, temperature, relative humidity, wind distribution in the area. The sunshine and relative humidity also form part of the climate of an area.

Also, the amount of rainfall will also determine the kind of soil that will be formed. For example palm kernel seeds strive well in areas where rainfall is about 1520-1770 mm.

Most palm kernel seeds grow optimally under a temperature of 38-40 degree Celsius. Hence, the part which temperature plays in the growth and development of your palm kernel farm cannot be over-emphasized. So, go for a piece of land with this distribution of weather/climatic condition.

In areas where it’s too windy, the oil palm plant’s growth will be hindered or stunted because the soil materials needed for plant growth will be carried from one location to the other thereby distorting the nutrient content of the soil.

Also, sunshine will speed up photosynthesis in the plant and maximize the temperature of a place. Unavailability of sufficient sunshine is tantamount to the growth and development of the plants and should be avoided.

3. Source For, and Grow Viable Seeds:

For you to get a fruitful harvest, getting viable oil palm seed for planting is the key. High-quality oil palm seeds would grow rapidly into healthy oil palms with good root system, give quality oil and other oil palm post-production extracts. It will also help in the growth of the plant in a uniform style and make for early maturity.

4. Get Necessary Financing for Your Farm

Finance in key to the starting and survival of every business. As it applies to other businesses so does it  apply to the palm kernel business. Before going into this business, make sure that you have a good and credible source of income which you can rely on. With this, you will be able to plan ahead on how to manage and sustain the business.

You can source for your capital from Savings (a.k.a. Self-financing). You can also borrow or take a loan from a Commercial bank, National Directorate of Employment, Co-operative societies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Debentures, Private Money Lenders, Commodity Merchant /Traders, and Thrift and Savings Society.

Conclusion

I have tried my best to detail the investment plan for this business to my best understanding. I hope that you found this article useful in your quest to start a palm kernel farm in Nigeria. If yes, kindly let me know in the comments section and also indicate if you need further help in this regard.

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How To Start Lucrative Chia Business in 2021

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Chia seeds which is the bedrock of Chia Business are edible seeds grown as food in many countries of the world. Slowly gaining momentum in Africa, chia seeds consumption is presently valued at about 400 million Naira and is projected to be valued at 600 million Naira before the year 2025. Chia seeds are becoming more popular as many people have begun to massively use it as a substitute for meat-based protein.

Meet Chia Seed: The Bedrock of Chia Business

Chia Business centres on the cultivation and marketing of Chia seeds. Chia seeds are of the mint family of lamiusee with dark green, thick and wrangled leaves. Each plant has flowers with two lips containing 13 seeds. Chia seed is mostly consumed by vegetarians who opt for plant-based proteins.

Chia seeds grow in tropical environments requiring a minimum temperature of 11 degrees Celsius and maximum of 36 degrees Celsius to be fully matured. Chia Seed Farming is a lucrative business. If you have the wherewithal to cultivate and market it, you can make tons of money for you within the stipulated business cycle.

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The Market value of Chia Business

Chia business is lucrative to do because it avails the investor the following business opportunities:

1) Can Be Eaten as Food:

Chia seeds can be sold to consumers for food. Chia seeds have a wide range of applications in meals: they can be added to smoothies, yoghurts, parfaits, salads, milkshakes and even cereals.

2) It Can Be Sold For Money:

Chia seeds are very expensive and could go as high as N6000 per bag. Chia seeds can be cultivated and sold for profit.

The Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds sell well because of its health and nutritional benefits. Hence, people buy Chia seeds irrespective of the cost because:

  • Chia seeds help relieve constipation.
  • Contain calcium and manganese which improve bone and oral health.
  • Fights osteoporosis.
  • Chia seeds are excellent sources of protein.
  • They are super healthy proteins as they do not contain cholesterol.
  • Fights insulin and stabilizes blood sugar.
  • They contain anti-oxidants which prevent the production of free radicals – cancer causing agents.
  • They’re gluten free and can be eaten raw.

Steps to start a Lucrative Chia Business in 2021

To proceed to cultivate and market Chia seeds on a commercial scale, please consider the following:

1) Get enough funds:

Chia seeds are expensive to buy. Setting aside an investment for it will pay hugely in the long run. It is important to have a business plan that will enable you access funds from financial institutions. If you don’t want corporate funding for the business, you may consider getting funds from family, friends, and acquaintances. However you source funds, endure that the capital you have is enough to start and run this business successfully.

2) Choose the right soil:

Chia seeds thrive on fertile soils. Hence the land you buy or rent for plating this crop should have sufficient clay and loamy. Avoid malnourished and sandy soils. Instead, choose a soil that can retain a good amount of moisture. Plant your chia seeds in well drained soils.

3) Cultivate the Crops:

Chia seeds require soil preparation by disruption and loosening. After properly tilling the soil, create trenches in a row of 2cm, broadcast the seeds and cover the soil. When you notice weeds, remove them immediately.

4) Harvest:

Chia seeds are harvested after the flowers have fallen off. You have to hand pick and spread them to dry.

Conclusion

Starting lucrative chia business specifically Chia seed business in 2021 has attendant challenges such as high cost of seeds, seemingly complicated nurturing process, crop management, and the challenge of the harvesting of chia seeds by hand.

However, with the right capital and viable farm management practices the business can be done with much success and less stress. Employing excellent marketing strategies can help the business grow into a highly lucrative and profitable enterprise or company.

Chia seed already has a wide market demand, employ the best strategies, sell off your seeds, and make your profits.

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How to Start a Lucrative Cabbage Business in Nigeria.

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Cabbage business is fast becoming one of the most lucrative vegetable businesses in Nigeria because of its popularity as a major ingredient for preparing salads. Salads are majorly served in ceremonies and festive seasons. If you start and effectively manage a lucrative Cabbage business in Nigeria, you could be reaping returns in millions of naira weekly.

In starting a lucrative cabbage business in Nigeria, you must have a farm to cultivate cabbages. Cabbages thrive in a cool and moist environment. The crop is not resistant to drought. This means that you should plant your Cabbage seeds during its favourable season which is the rainy season when the weather is till cool enough for it to sprout and grow to maturity.

In getting your Cabbage seeds to plant, please go for high quality seeds which are resistant to pests and diseases. The hybrid variant cabbage seed is of a high quality and can resist pests and diseases. This is the breed of Cabbage seed you should plant if you desire good returns on your investment.

Steps to Start Cabbage Business in Nigeria and Profit From It

Stage 1: The Pre Planting Stage

It is advisable to plant cabbage seeds in a nursery 4 to 6 weeks before transferring the crop to the main farm. While the seeds are being raised in the nursery, use this time to prepare the farm for planting the crops. This involves weeding, tillage, making of ridges or molds where the Cabbage seedlings will be planted. This is all about the pre-planting stage.

Stage 2: The Planting Stage

To ensure bountiful harvest, it is important to note the following while planting your Cabbage:

1) Dig a hole of about three centimeters deep, insert two seeds and cover the hole.

2) Give a space of 45 centimeters between each plant. The spacing should be done depending on the variety of seedling you are planting.

3) Ensure that the P.H of the soil is between 6.5 and 7.5.

4) Always ensure that your cabbage farm is well-irrigated. Avoid areas prone to drought as much as possible. If there will be drought, make arrangement for alterative water sources with which you will irrigate the farm like a borehole or well. Regularly irrigate (practice drip irrigation) and mulch your farm to provide enough water in the farm for the crop and prevent excessive loss of soil water due to evaporation of water from the soil.

Cabbage Business in Nigeria.

5) During the development stages of your cabbage plant, apply manure regularly to provide your crops with the nutrients needed for their healthy growth. When preparing the soil for planting, it is advisable to be heavy-handed with manure. That is to say you apply sufficient manure to the farmland while preparing it for planting the crop.

6) It’s important to control pests such as maggots, cabbage, and worms n your cabbage farm. For this reason, only use the hybrid variant of the seed which is resistant to plant pests.

Stage 3: The Harvesting Stage

Harvest your cabbage only when they have fully matured to ensure a longer storage (or shelf) life. Depending on when you plant, your cabbage should be fully matured in about 3 to 5 months.

After harvesting your cabbage, you are set to sell the product. Go to the market and sell to the vendors there. You can also sell off to the Hausa stores in your community. Get contacts of restaurants and caterers, healthy juice entrepreneurs and offer to be their vendor.

Conclusion

Cabbage farming is highly lucrative in Nigeria; not many people have ventured into the business when compared to the market demand of the product. Cabbage farming is encouraged because aside it being lucrative, it doesn’t require heavy capital. So, if you want to go into Cabbage business in Nigeria, I really encourage you to do so.

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How To Start Palm Oil Business In Nigeria

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Palm oil business in Nigeria is wide and almost all aspects of it is profitable. Palm oil is extracted from oil palm fruits. It is an edible liquid extract gotten from palm fruits of a palm tree using an extraction process. Palm oil is used for many things and generally, in the Nigeria food industry, Palm oil is commonly used to prepare traditional soups in Nigeria. Almost all tribes in Nigeria consume palm oil which makes it a “must have” agricultural product in every home.

Palm oil is used to prepare almost all the traditional soups that we have in Nigeria like Egusi, efo riro, ugwu soup, bitter leaf soup, edika nkong and so on. The product is highly recommended by nutritionist due to its nutritional benefits; it contains vitamins, minerals and low in cholesterol which is makes it good for the heart. Besides its usefulness in food, Palm oil is used for many other things like the ones listed below.

Other Benefits/Uses of Palm Oil:

  • It is commonly used to prepare soap for bathing and washing.
  • It serves as an antidote for poison.
  • It is used to produce animal diets.
  • It serves as food preservatives.
  • It is used to prepare some local cosmetics.
  • It is used in the treatment of skin allergy, boil, cough, etc.

Palm Oil Business In Nigeria – An Overview

Oil palm business in Nigeria started as far back as 1900 in the Niger delta region of the country. It is regarded as one of the major products besides cocoa for exportation in Nigeria and hence served as a source of foreign exchange until 1999 when there was sudden decrease in oil palm production business in Nigeria. This was due to abandonment of the agriculture industry in Nigeria.

In 2003, an increase in oil palm production business was observed across the country due to a restructuring of the agriculture industry in Nigeria by the then government. This brought back the popularity of oil palm business in the country. In Nigeria, oil palm business is considered lucrative because of its wide both either domestically in homes and in several industries across the country. Till date, a substantial quantity of the product is still being exported from the country to many parts of the world.

How To Start Palm Oil Business In Nigeria

How To Start Palm Oil Business In Nigeria

How To Start Palm Oil Business In Nigeria

Starting palm oil business in Nigeria is quite simple but also tasking. This is because it requires a proper and comprehensive market survey to be done before embarking on the business. This article shares extensively how to start a palm oil business in Nigeria.

Steps Involved In Starting Palm Oil Business In Nigeria

1) Get A Working Business Plan

A good business plan is required for a palm oil business which will include total budget for the business and market survey report. A good market survey is compulsory and important in this business. This involves many things but basically it involved consulting an experienced palm oil entrepreneur to know the ins and outs of the business.

For example, as a potential palm oil entrepreneur, you must know the different types and breeds of palm trees and the quality of palm oil that they produce. Also, it is required that you have an idea of palm oil nursery, nursery practices, and planting practices especially if you wish to go into the oil palm raising business and not just the sales/distribution of palm oil. You must also know the storage practices, palm oil processing, palm oil market trend, prices, competitors, available customers, regulatory bodies and taxes.

You will not be able to know these without adequate market research. So, ensure that you carry out subatsntive market research/survey on palm oil business and document the report in you palm oil business plan.

2) Get The Required Start Up Capital

A startup capital can be sourced from personal savings, cooperative loans, Bank of Industry in Nigeria (BIN), Bank of Agriculture in Nigeria (BoA), and other government empowerment programs.  Feel free to write the banks involved, if your proposal is well structured; it can yield a positive result.

Generally, your startup capital must cover the following cost:

i) A Land (Purchased or rented):

A land will be needed for the oil palm plantation. So, you must get the required capital to get the size of the land you need for this business. Of course, the size of land would depend on the number of palm trees you want to start with, that is if you want to go into oil palm plantation business and not palm oil marketing.

 ii) Palm Tree Seedlings:

Again, you need this if you are not interested in just buying and selling of palm oil but rather oil palm plantation. In this case, you will have to first consult an agriculturist, a crop scientist or an experienced oil palm farmer to give you the best seedlings to plant. This is very important because a technical know-how is required when choosing a seedling for oil palm plantation else you mess the whole business up! It is advisable to start with hybrid palm tree seedlings because they mature faster and produce fruits earlier than the local palm trees. In fact, some species of the hybrid palm trees start fruiting within 3 months of planting.

iii) Get The Machines For Processing:

This includes milling and extracting equipment. Aside from using it to mill and process oil for your business, it can help to generate income for the business. In addition, people can come to mill and extract palm oil using your machine and you will make extra money from this.

iv) Get A Good Water Source:

A good water source is important and this would be either a borehole or well. Yes, if sinking a borehole is costly, you can simply dig a well; it will serve the same purpose as a borehole. Water is used during milling and extraction of palm oil. Again, you need this process if you want to go into oil palm plantation business.

3) Labour:

You will definitely need to hire people to help out during each stage of the oil palm business, from land cultivation to sales of products. You can start with contract staff where they work for a certain period, when needed at different stages and they get paid for the work they do and leave.

4) Products Packaging:

This depends on how you want your product to be packaged either in sealed disposable nylon bags or kegs (different liters). However you choose to package your product, don’t forget to label them properly using your company/business logo and emblems which will include your business name, address and other necessary information. This serves the purpose of identification and marketing.

5) Business Registration:

Any business that wants to be trusted in Nigeria and stand the test of time must be registered, hence, you must register your business. The Cooperate Affairs Commission (CAS) in Nigeria is the body set aside by the government to register businesses, companies, and allied bodies in Nigeria. For you to become a certified business owner in Nigeria, you must register your palm oil business with the CAC. Recently, the processes only take few weeks.

6) Means Of Storage:

Palm oil is generally stored in drums or tight containers. Make sure the place for storage is cool and dry; don’t store where it is exposed to sunlight.

7) Means Of Transportation:

As a startup entrepreneur, you can register with small scale logistics companies and they will help with the delivery of the business. Using them makes delivery to customers safer, and faster and best of all is relatively cheap and reliable.

8) Advertise And Digitalize:

In this era of digital and hybrid advertisements, make yourself available online, post online about your business, speak to people, and display your products online. Also, to make purchases easier, take your digitalization game to another level by using an online payment processor like Paystack, Flutterwave, etc. to receive payments.

You might also consider registering with online listing platforms and e-shopping stores like, JiJi, Jumia, Shopify, Oberlo, and so on to sell your product. This will go a long way in broadcasting your business and bringing a lot of returns in the short and long term.

Peradventure you don’t have enough capital to start an oil palm plantation, which is not a good reason not to start with what you have. It’s simple! Just research and speak to oil palm suppliers closer to you. Buy from them, repackage into more attractive containers and sell.

Conclusively, doing oil palm business in Nigeria is one of the best decisions you will ever make, if well planned. This article will serve as a template for any aspiring/potential oil palm entrepreneur. Remember all businesses require hard work, perseverance, dedication and optimism. In all, I wish you the best of luck!

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