Group Farming in Nigeria
Group farming is a farming scheme involving multiple individuals who come together to share resources for the purpose of farming.
They come together to contribute large farmland and money to be able to hire farm equipment, buy improved seeds, herbicides and fertilizers to farm at scale.
This is slightly different from farming cooperative societies since all the group members contribute all the resources needed to farm in one cluster, sell and share the proceed based on the individuals contributions.
This is by far cheaper than the traditional subsistence farming that individuals engage in and only toil in vain for months without good harvest.
Nigerians especially in rural communities need to engage in group farming to leverage technology and market access to be able to make good money from agriculture.
Who Could Engage in Group Farming?
- Farming Cooperative Societies (farming in one big cluster)
- Farming Associations (e.g Rice Farmers Associations)
- Churches organizing their members for group farming.
- Socio-Cultural Organizations (Hausa Community, Igbo Community, Yoruba Community)
- NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)
- Trade and Labour Unions (e.g Workers Union, Staff Union, Teachers Union, NURTW, Thrifts and Credits etc)
The Benefits of Group Farming in Nigeria
Agriculture is a capital intensive venture. It is not something that is very easy to do it yourself. Forming a group of like minds to own a large scale farm pays every member in the long run.
The following are some of the benefits of group farming:
- Discounted tractor and other equipment hiring cost.
- Discounted herbicides, pesticides and fertilizer cost.
- Regular training on global best farming practices.
- Easy access to bank credit facilities as a group.
- Sell farm produce directly to Off Takers and make decent profit- Viable X enables this.
- It gives each group member a stable stream of income all year round.
- First hand experience in using new agricultural technologies.
- Create jobs for poor and vulnerable women in rural communities.
- Reduce hunger and poverty in Nigeria.
- Contribute immensely to the gross domestic products (GDP) of Nigeria and build our nation’s economy.
What Are You Going To Do After Reading This Article?
You are a big agent of change. After reading this article, you can go ahead and organize family members, friends, colleagues or neighbors into a farming group.
Pool some money together. And contact Farm4Me – we will help you plan the farming project.
We will help you help you lease a large farmland, give you access to tractors and other farm equipment at a discounted rate and provide you with improved seeds. When you are done harvesting your farm produce, we will help you sell directly to commodity off takers via Viable X.
We cannot afford to ignore agriculture since our existence depend on it. No matter what sector of the society you are in, you eat food everyday to survive. Contributing to an industry that keeps you and the people that matter to you most alive is worth investing in.
FAO report on agriculture in Nigeria is saddening. The United Nations, the African Development Bank and the former British Prime Minister, Theresa May, have described Nigeria as the global poverty capital. May and the AfDB aver that 80 per cent of the population are living in extreme poverty. An FAO report added that 2.3 million people in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, the three states hardest hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, faced acute food shortages. In all, it said 13 million Nigerians suffered from hunger as of 2016.
We have to do something about it. Ours is the generation that will fix it.
Take your people organizing skills to the next level by setting up farming groups, we will help you handle the rest.
God bless Nigeria!