Second round of my cultivation this year, at the same place. I started preserving my harvested food crops.
Finally my corn crops are here again, if you remember, I showed you in my previous post the day that I tilled the ground, added chicken manure and planted these crops.
This is the second round of planting corn at this same spot this year. I tried as much as possible to post all the processes during the first cultivation; from the planting to the harvest.
I sold the previous harvest, and the market was very good; reason being that the lockdown made people at home to demand fresh food items, and in most cases we do supply to them house to house. Fresh food crops are really scarce this year due to pandemic.
Demand for food is actually above supply especially for fresh food crops. Farmers in Nigeria are happy that their labor is paying them back.
Today I did a lot of harvest; from cowpeas to vegetables 🌶 and also okra. We are reducing the quantity that we now see fresh. We’re now more in preservation. We preserve our maize, okra and cowpeas through drying method.
Nigeria as a developing country and do not have new technological ways of preservation. Drying food crops under the sun is one of the ancient ways of preserving food which still works for us till tomorrow lol 😆.
The reason for preserving these foods is because of wastage; due to lack of preserving methods, food comes to the market simultaneously from local farmers and at the end of the, becomes too cheap and at some point due to low demand may result to food waste.
Now, what we do is that we dry as many as possible (for food crops that are preservable through drying) pending the beginning of the upcoming planting season when there’ll be obvious food scarcity.
This is how we run our business here and I hope you like my updates.
Follow my page for more updates. For the tender corns 🌾, I’ll continue to update you until we harvest it together.
I hope and believe that my farming experience here is somehow motivating someone somewhere.