The End of My Long Break

Hello everyone,

i would love to give a long and important explanation for my absence, but the truth is, it does not exist. I can only say i have been lazy, and running a little low on ‘blog-motivation’ and i needed to give myself some time. Thank God i am back with a lot of things lined up for the blog,and i am super duper exicted.

First, i would be starting a new agribusiness series, where i’ll provide step by step procudures as well as budgets on as many agricultural buisnesses as i can.

A new section of the blog i termed ‘farm inspiration’ would be starting also, where i’ll be interviewing anyone and everyone who has a successful agricultural business that Is willing to grant me an interview.

I would keep you guys updated with what ever project i start and complete, as long as my clients are willing to let me put their stuff up here.

And finally, we’ll be moving soon! Working on getting my website up and moving the blog over there.

So pls forgive me for my absence and stay tuned to the blog for all of these and more.

P.S If you have a buisness you would like me to discuss about, or you are interested in granting an interview for a farm feature please send a mail to bizzy.ao@gmail.com

P.P.S Thank you to everyone that called or sent messages to ask about the blog, you guys rock!

Abisola oladele.

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Protecting your Livestock Investment

A few months  ago, I decided to resume catfish production on the farm, and so a little over a week ago, we took a road trip to keffi (nassarawa state) where I bought clarias fingerlings. I already left instructions for the concrete pond to be filled with water before i got back. But on getting back to the farm the pond was near empty! turns out the pond was leaking, the staff had filled the pond and all of the water had leaked out, ha! Imagine the shock and fear, the fingerlings were already stressed from a two hour journey and now the pond was leaking. We managed to patch the leaking point and stocked the fish. Two days later I noticed the water in the pond had reduced drastically, I checked well and saw the pond was still leaking and could not be fixed unless we emptied the pond. By the time I was done emptying the pond, the fingerlings were weak and many of them died.

The thing is, all of this could have been avoided if I had been more cautious and taken necessary Steps at protecting my investment, as livestock especially day old chicks and fingerlings could be very fragile. here are some of the ways you can protect you livestock investment

  • Have an alternative housing/pond, in case something goes wrong. in my case I had a plastic pond in almost good condition and I was able to move the fingerlings in there
  • Ensure that the housing/pond is in good condition at least a week to the arrival of your livestock. I should have filled the pond earlier and double checked that all was well with it.
  • Always have a professional/an experienced person at least a phone call away. the beautiful and kind lady who owns the hatchery was nice enough to walk me through moving the fish without loosing more than I could have.
  • Keep adequate records of feed consumption, illnesses, weight (if possible), age etc. these would aid in a time of crises to determine the rate of drugs to be administered.
  • Administer vaccines and/or other necessary treatment at the appropriate time, no skipping or postponement.
  • Hope for the best!

What are the ways you have been able to protect your livestock investment? please share with us in the comments.

Abisola Oladele

The farmer, the Market and the Middle men.

Less than two weeks ago, my mum and i visited dei dei market (one of cheapest tomato markets in abuja). We wanted to buy a basket of tomatoes, needless to say, the prices were through the roof, but that is not the reason for this post.
I would like to share our experience;  we got to the tomato section and we saw groups of tomato sellers with thier baskets in front of them, each screaming his price. The prices ranged from 14,ooo naia to 16,000. But there was this man that kept screaming his basket was 20,000 naira, his fruits looked healthier and stronger than all the others, but nobody would go close to him because nobody likes nice juicy tomatoes because we all want awuf
We ended  up buy the 14,000 naira basket for 13,000 the fruits looked relatively strong, with little or no water underneath, but on opening it, we were devastated. Half of the tomatoes in it were spoilt  (baje). Obviously, we had been cheated.
In this situation who do you think made more profit? The farmer? The middle man? Ofcourse its the middle man or men, he must have purchased the tomatoes at a very cheap price from the farmer, telling them they were already getting spoilt and selling it to us at a high price while swearing and promising that there wasn’t even one spoilt fruit in it. The same applies to poultry and other food produce,these middle men and women purchase them at a very low prices and then sell to the consumers in markets at high prices, leaving both the farmer and consumer feeling cheated.
This brings me to a burning question, is it possible to eliminate the middle men?  Or at least limit thier ability to rip off both the farmers and the consumers. Would the farmer still be able to sell thier produce in time and maximise profit without the help of these people? Why are farmers so dependent on these midddle men? My friend Bukar Ismail says its because we  are lazy, i think its because we do not have the capacity make contact with as many consumers as we’d like in a short period of time.  So what do we we need? Government policies? Farmers markets? More work on the part of the farmer at reaching more consumers?
I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments section.
Abisola Oladele