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Agricincome Hub E-Magazine Call for Advert

Agricincome Hub is a top Agribusiness platform (www.agricincome.com) that has been contributing enormously in enhancing relevant information broadcast about agriculture and the business details of agriculture over the years and by 27th of October 2020 will be celebrating her third year anniversary.
In the light of this, to mark the celebration; agribusiness stakeholders and entrepreneurs are invited to advertise their Business and products in its 2nd E-magazine publication with the theme “ZERO HUNGER: Enhancing Agricultural Productivity”.

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The magazine will provide an opportunity to interested persons to showcase their business and products to the large audience within the Agricincome platform and beyond, thereby making you and your work more visible to the global community!!
Possibilities for: Full page, half a page.
Price
Full Page: #4000
Half a Page: #2000
FORMAT
The advertisement should be delivered to us in either TIF or JPG and have a resolution of more than 3000 Pixel
Deadline for submission is September 25th 2020.
For more details about the advertisement possibilities and sponsorship, contact:
Call 07062385874, agricincomehub@gmail.com

 

Agritech in Nigeria

INTERVIEW SECTION: AgriTech Solutions Would Become Very Invaluable to Scale Up Food Production levels

Agricincome: Can you introduce yourself and your Platform to our readers?
MyFarmbase: My name is Iyanuoluwa Aliu, an Agric-tech Entrepreneur and Business Strategist. I am the CEO, MyFarmbase Africa, a capacity building hub which leverages tech innovations, blended learning and instructor-led approaches to provide youths and middle aged with AgriTech, Climate Smart Agriculture and Agribusiness Skills across Africa whilst also connecting them with jobs/internships/funding opportunities. We are one of the leading capacity building hubs for Agriculture in Nigeria with about 10,000 youths in our ecosystem.

Agricincome: How long has the platform been running?
MyFarmbase: The platform has been running since 2017, but it was not until early this year that we changed to the model we currently run.

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Agribusiness Magazine

Agribusiness Magazine: Enhancing Agricultural Productivity

AGRIBUSINESS MAGAZINE: CALL FOR ARTICLES

Agricincome Hub is a top Agribusiness platform (www.agricincome.com) that has been contributing enormously in enhancing relevant information broadcast about agriculture and the business details of agriculture over the years and by 27th of October 2020 will be celebrating her third year anniversary.
In the light of this, to mark the celebration; agribusiness stakeholders and entrepreneurs are invited to send articles for publication in its 2nd E-magazine publication with the theme “ZERO HUNGER: Enhancing Agricultural Productivity”.

Agribusiness Magazine
Now than ever before, the strategy of sharing knowledge, optimizing resources, building and developing capacity and idea to achieve zero hunger has been necessitated by the stark effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and it’s ripple effects to human activities like agriculture and Agripreneur efforts to ensure reduced hunger and inadequate nutrition. Hence this edition of agricincome magazine would focus on how to improve, sustain and effectively employ agripreneur efforts to achieving zero hunger during and post Covid-19.
The magazine will provide opportunity to share important ideas and experiences, showcase initiatives, examine vital issues and profer solutions that are feasible and sustainable. Creating a dynamic niche in agribusiness to achieve zero hunger that foster good nutrition and productivity in the lives of people is integral to progress in this era; evidently through social efficiency, new opportunities that add significant value, and tremendous economic and human growth.

The theme is accommodating and broad enough to cover a range of innovations, technology, product development and ideas of the general and divers agribusiness Stakeholders. Hence, you are invited to submit a publication (in English) on your aspects of agribusiness as a niche to achieve zero hunger.

Agribusiness Magazine

All submitted papers must be previously unpublished and should not be considered for review or publication somewhere else during the period at which such papers are undergoing review. Papers will be peer reviewed by panel of Agricincome Hub reviewers. The authors are requested to submit full paper of their original and unpublished work not later than September 25th 2020.
In order to reach a wide range of audience, the magazine would be sold for a paltry sum of #500. Financial support and donation is also solicited. The Magazine will be launched during our Virtual Agricultural Conference on 27th October 2020. Thank you
Submission
The articles should be submitted to agricincomehub@gmail.com in Ms Word, with a recent digital photograph.
With Regards,
Farotimi Olaoluwa
Founder, Agricincome Hub
07062385874

To download a copy of the Previous Edition Click here

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Mushroom farming in Nigeria

Mushroom farming in Nigeria is one of the most unexplored farming ideas in this era, the search for an alternative for seasonal vegetables as brought mushroom farming to the limelight.
Mushroom is a type of fungi that grows on decaying material or soil that are moist. Mushrooms do not require sunlight for their growth, this is one of the reasons mushrooms are typically grown in shades where they only have access to oxygen which is needed for survival.

Health benefits of mushroom

• Edible mushroom as lots of health benefits apart from been a source of good protein and been delicious mushroom is said to be used in weight loss programs.
• Mushroom helps in combating non-cancerous tumor
• Mushroom is a good source of protein most especially for the diabetic patient because they require low salt intake.
• Mushroom contains about 85-90% water, this makes them good for a healthy digestive system.
• Mushroom serves as antibiotics which can be used to prevent or treat illness like high blood pressure, hypertension, wounds, and tumor.

Types of mushroom in Nigeria

Mushroom is of various types, but there are four common ones namely chanterelles, shiitake, morels, and oysters.
a) Chanterelles– it is very rich in vitamins C, D, it also contains a high amount of potassium.
b) Shiitake– this is mostly found in Asian countries, it is widely known to reduce tumors
c) Morel– morels mushroom contains a high amount of vitamin c and antioxidant. It also helps to protect the liver from toxic materials.
d) Oysters– oyster mushroom helps to reduce the cholesterol level in the body, the oyster mushroom is said to have antibacterial and anti-oxidant properties and lots of amino acids.

How to build a mushroom growing house

To start Mushroom farming in Nigeria, there are few things to put in consideration. This include:

Mushroom housing
Choosing a variety and medium
Choose a variety to cultivate, this can be based on your environment or target market. The medium to grow your mushroom can be sawdust, coco peat, log of wood etc.
Prepare the substrate
This is the material which provides nourishment for a plant to grow. For the purpose of this blogpost, sawdust will be chosen as our substrate. Firstly, partially decompose the sawdust to make it less acidic, this is done for a few days and watered. Heat the substrate for a few minutes to sterilise it to kill all micro-organisms that could be competing with the mushroom for nutrient, allow to cool and bag them in polythene bags.

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Spawning
Next thing to do is to inoculate the substrate that has been sterilised with mushroom seeds also known as mycelium. This process can also be called “spawning”.
After the inoculation, the spawned bags are taken into the incubation room, which is usually dark, after 4-5weeks they are transferred into the growth room where the mushroom have access to light which helps to stimulate their growth. Ensure the polythene bags are stacked together to allow them sprayed with water to keep them moist.
Any selected medium must be free from micro-organism.
Harvesting
Mushroom takes about 4-5weeks after incubation, after which it can be harvested every 24-36 hours. Once the mushroom is detached from the substrate or growing medium is ready to eat or it can be dried packaged for sale.

Mushroom market in Nigeria

Mushroom are sold in kilogram or grams with varying prices depending on location, but on the average a kilogram of mushroom is between #2000- #3000 in Nigeria.

Mushroom farming in Nigeria PDF

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Cost and Returns of Snail Farming in Nigeria

Cost and returns of snail farming is one of the critical factors to be considered before investing in snail farming in Nigeria. Cost and returns of snail farming is necessary to evaluate the viability of snail farming for “return on investment”, which however could be foreseeably determined based on certain principles of snail farming.
Usually, the regulating principles of snail farming account for the optimistic and pessimistic views and approach towards the cost and returns estimation of snail farming to provide a clear and accurate situation for the expectation of investment in snail farming. However, to actualize this projection, there is a need to follow strict management practices of snail farming. Also, these principles are vital for a profitable snail farming business in Nigeria.

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How to Start Pineapple Farming in Nigeria: Beginners Guide

One of the Agribusiness ventures gaining more global attention is Pineapple Farming in Nigeria. There is an increase in demand for fresh pineapple and its juice globally, which has invariably created a readily available market, sales, and profit by these effects.
Pineapple has a worldwide cultivation coverage with Nigeria and Kenya leading the African-producing countries. Other leading producing countries are the Philippines, China, Thailand, India, and Brazil.
Its worldwide appeal stems from its sweetness and great flavour. Similarly, pineapple known nutritional and health benefits have contributed to its raw consumption, complementary purposes in fruit salads, and fruit cocktail. It is also processed into products such as wine, fruit juice, jam, and for ornamental purposes.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on Agricultural Value Chain

COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on Agricultural Value Chain

This is a brief recap of the online conference hosted by Agricincome Hub on COVID-19 Pandemic: Impacts on Agricultural Value Chain.
Agriculture is a key priority sector in Africa, employing 60% of the population. In Africa, 80% of the food production comes from small-scale farmers who reside in remote communities.
Already over 250 million people in Africa are without food. And on the current global shock of coronavirus, let me re-establish that:
– Most African countries have imposed some degree of restrictions to protect the populations from the spread of the virus.
– According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Africa’s GDP growth is expected to drop from 3.2% to 1.8% which will likely increase the number of people without food in Africa.

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Lettuce Farming in Nigeria: Beginners Guide

Lettuce farming in Nigeria has grown into widespread cultivation either as backyard farming or commercial farming. Forget about your region, you can cultivate and make huge profit if the required establishment conditions are met. No more seasonality disadvantage as the cultivation hindrances has been settled by less-stress approach, technologies and agronomic practices. So, no more fear, you can plant and make a great return in this Agribusiness.
Lettuce is used in the preparation of salad and decoration of food all over the world. It is consumed raw or blended as a juice because of its attractive appearance and nutritional composition. It has been confirmed as a replacer for some vegetables like waterleaf, bitter leaf and pumpkins for common dishes in the Southern part of Nigeria.

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Hass Avocado farming in Nigeria

Hass Avocado is one of the untapped agricultural ventures in Nigeria. Hass Avocado farming in Nigeria has been brought to limelight because of its health benefits and export value. Hass avocado farming is a very lucrative agricultural business anyone can venture into. Hass avocado farming is a low-risk venture that requires a low-cost input, low maintenance, and less attention, with a readily available market worldwide.
According to the Avocado society of Nigeria (AVOSON), Nigeria can makeover 80 billion naira annually from Hass Avocado export if done commercially. This highlights the importance, acceptability, and marketability of Hass avocado throughout the world.

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INTERVIEW SECTION:The agricultural sector has space for everyone to play a massive role

Hello readers, I have the honor to present to you the next agripreneur to be featured in the interview section of this blog. I present to you a man with vast experience in plantain farming and its value chain: Okorode Christian of Millionaire Farm…Read further as you get to know more about him

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Agricincome: Can you please introduce yourself to our readers and your farming background?
Okorode Christian: I am Okorode Christian, the Millionaire Farmer, founder of Millionaire Farms Limited, an agricultural company that is established to solving hunger, food shortage and unemployment problems in my region, the Niger Delta, first, then globally. I Studied Political Science as first degree at the prestigious Niger Delta University. Becoming a farmer was NEVER on the list even after bagging my first degree, it was at the NYSC Orientation Camp that I had an idea to go into farming (Specifically, plantain farming). When people ask me, ‘why did you venture into farming’? My first response is always, “It’s a God inspired idea.” Truly, it is.
After my NYSC, I went to my village and acquire plots of land and set up a one thousand plantain suckers farm from the prize money I won for coming up as the winner for the Public Speaking category of SHIFT (A talent hunt competition hosted by RCCG). My plan was to just set up a farm that will pay my bills while I look for job or engage in other productive activities that will generate money for me.
Few months into setting up my one thousand plantain suckers farm, I had an inner dialogue with myself (not to sound religious). I truly believe that it was God telling me “go fully into agriculture, expand and solve problems!”
(Within six months from that day, I leveraged on social media to raise funds from investors to scale my one thousand plantain suckers farm to a (10,000) ten thousand plantain suckers plantation and got Millionaire Farms Limited fully registered.) OR (In less than 2 months by just leveraging on social media, I had raised millions of Naira to scale my plantain plantation from a one thousand plantain suckers farm to a ten thousand plantain suckers plantation. And I had taught this with great result from my students.)
Now, it’s crystal clear why God gave me the idea to go into agriculture.
And this is it: To solve hunger, food shortage and unemployment problems in my region and beyond.
The journey has never being easy, however, by just answering to the call of becoming a farmer so many great things has happened and still happening to this young boy.
My work in the agricultural sector has attracted both international and national media to feature me on their platforms, including CNN. I got nominated for several awards including the prestigious Future Awards Africa Prize for Agriculture and awardee of the 30 Under 30 Most Influential Individual in Rivers State.
I am the founder of Life Class, an initiative to develop young leaders in secondary schools including, Farm, School to Wealth Africa™ another initiative established by me to groom the next generation of agripreneurs who are less privileged and make them global change makers. I have inspired thousands of people, most especially youths and trained over 500 people in agricultural related ventures. I am a highly sort after public speaker, writer and a strategist.
Agricincome: How long have you been in the business?
Okorode Christian: 4 Years
Agricincome: Why plantain Farming?
Okorode Christian: It was a God inspired idea, and the value chain in plantain is massive.
Agricincome: What has been the secret of the success so far?
Okorode Christian: First, it’s God, leveraging on social media and showing up strong.
Agricincome: what were the challenges you faced and the ones you are still facing since the inception of your business?
Okorode Christian: Funding wasn’t necessarily a challenge, this revelation came to me when I realized that there are people who are there to give you money to fund your ideas. All you need to do is to know how to sell your ideas to the world, people will buy into it.
Among the challenges I faced at the inception of my business is lack of adequate knowledge, adequate knowledge of the business of farming and farming itself. I ventured into agriculture with little or no knowledge about agriculture. I went into agriculture with just an exciting idea to be wealthy and make impact through agriculture without doing my homework.
Another challenge was getting well and dedicated farmers to work in my farm, this was a big challenge.
Transportation was an issue. In fact, most farmers face this challenge, and it’s a big money well if anyone venture into the value chain of agriculture by providing transportation services to farmers and buyers of agricultural products.

READ MORE: How to Start Plantain Farming in Nigeria: Beginners Guide
Agricincome: How do you market your products?
Okorode Christian: We have off-takers, however, we take it to the market when we don’t harvest in large quantity.
Agricincome: Most people think plantain farming is a get rich quick scheme what is your stand about this?
Okorode Christian: I am smiling deeply right now. I believe that they are misinformed by blogs and people who just wants to part with people’s money. Honestly, agriculture as a whole is not a get rich quick scheme. I always tell people that the first law of agriculture is patience. Agriculture takes a lot of time, smart and hard work. There is money in agriculture, however, it is never a get rich quick scheme.
Agricincome: Most youths find it difficult to start farming because of the issue of funding and access to land. What do you think can be done?
Okorode Christian: I am a firm believer that the first thing you must have to start any business, most especially agriculture related, is not money. I raised over a Million Naira to scale my one thousand plantain suckers farm to a ten thousand plantain suckers plantation by just leveraging on social media, most especially Facebook.
When I got the idea to start my own farm, I had to go to my village to acquire the land, most people want to have their farm situated in the city. They want to start big or never. Unfortunately, most of them don’t have adequate, concrete, and practical knowledge of what they are going into.
Agricincome: What advice would you give to youths seeking a career in agribusiness?
Okorode Christian: Agriculture is profitable, the opportunities are enormous, the agricultural sector has space for everyone to play a massive role in the value chain and be extremely successful. You don’t have to own a farm to be a player in the agricultural sector. Identify challenges in the agricultural value chain and build quality solutions and the Money and other good things will come your way.
Get adequate knowledge and play big. However, start small and grow big!

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