Globally Nigeria ranks second in sugar consumption, that's why in this article I am going to tell you some secrets about the sugar cane business/farming because the sugar you we consume today is an extract from sugar cane.
If properly harnessed, the agricultural sector where sugarcane falls under can act as the 'pill' that would cure our ailing economy in Nigeria.
Have you noticed sugarcane grows anywhere? It is not a plant that selects a particular kind of soil, though, sugarcane farming has been with since ages, but it has not been properly harnessed.
Nigeria still relies on importation of sugar because we've decided not to process the sugarcane we have littered around the country. Can you imagine? What a waste of resources! Even the government institutions put in place to ensure development of sugar in Nigeria is non-existent to their duties.
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As a sugarcane farmer you have lots of prospects because there are lots of industries out there that need this raw material for the production of sugar and bio-fuels. You may even decide to start your own sugar processing plant on a small scale.
Now let us take a look at some of the requirements needed to start a sugarcane farm
Before we go further I would like to let you know that you need deep and thorough insight about sugarcane farming before you can excel in this business. Do you have the capacity? If yes, do you have the required skills to cultivate sugar cane?
1. Piece of Land
The first thing you need to have in place before thinking of starting sugarcane plantation is a well sized land. this can be anywhere, in your village or even a semi urban area.
After planting or cultivating the sugarcane plantation, you must ensure steady weeding, fumigation and watering. It is better if the land you are to use is a bit swampy.
Now, within 6 months and a year your sugarcane should have been ready for harvest. Now the big question is; What to do after harvest?
Supplying your sugarcane harvest to processing industries would be a whole lot easier if you have done your marketing during the period of cultivation. I advise you don't wait till after harvest before you start to source for buyers.
It is quite easy to get a supply deal with the processing companies though, all you need do is visit the company and strike a deal. But ensure you cut a good deal because the demand for sugarcane by these factories is on the rise.
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In conclusion, if you encounter any difficulty in the course of your sugarcane farming I advise you visit the Bank of Agriculture if it is in terms of funding, but if it is in terms of supplying your harvest its better you visit the sugar development council. Remember, sugarcane accounts for 60-70% of sugar production globally, don't miss this opportunity to change your financial fortunes.