PLANTAIN FARMING-A HIDDEN TREASURE.
Plantain farming is one of the most lucrative aspect of farming.lt is important to state here that it is not compulsory to be at the farm always if you have a good hand to manage the farm for you either on consultancy basis or permanent.
The most important factor for successful plantain farming is using good suckers/plantlets(planting materials) A good suckers will not cost you a fortune.A good sword sucker cost #150. while a plantlet cost #200. About 700 suckers will plant one acre which means #105,000 is required to purchase suckers.
Good sword sucker starts producing in about 10 months and you will have average of 650 bunches during the first year.If the farm is kept clean ;weed-free without the trouble of pests and disease. Harvesting is continous with less cost of maintenance.
After getting the suckers the next step is to sanitise the suckers against pests and diseases.Black Sigatoka is the most troublesome and needs to be controlled.It can reduce yield by up to 60%.
After sucker sanitisation allow suckers to shade dry for 24 hours before planting.
1.Purchase of suckers @ #150×700=105,000.
2.Transport to your site-depends on the distance.
3.Sanitising against pest and diseases-20,000
4.Pegging,Ranging,fertilisation & planting-#70,000.
5.Our own profit marging-30%
Averagely #280,000 will be needed to have good l acre of plantain farm.
Imagine you have 650 bunches during first year multiplied by average price of #800/bunch. you will have #520,000.This will cover all establishment and maintenance
expenses and still make some good profit.
We can help you get land either to lease or outright purchase at affordable prices.You can lease an acre for as low as #15,000/yr. or buy farm land as low as #100,000/acre depending on the location.So what else.
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The author of this piece is a graduate of Agriculture with 23 years of on-the-farm experience.