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Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 9:17pm On Nov 25, 2014
Well, I have been postponing this for a while, just because I dont believe in "internet farming". But I feel the need to encourage other Nigerian youths out there who want to venture into agribusiness. Came back to Nigeria after University studies to invest in my country, it has not been easy so far to farm in Nigeria. The challenges have been enormous but *in Lil Wayne's voice* "we doing aite".
If I start my story, the epistle will be too long, so... I'll just get straight to the point.

I am a vegetable farmer. And farm majorly cucumber. I am pro-organic farming (it's very expensive in Nigeria). I employ technologies from around the world (especially thailand) that suit our climate and culture. I've been into this for quite a while now.

Decided to upload pictures of how I plant and the agronomy I employ in my cucumber farming. To get more ideas from the pros here and to excite the intending farmers. Just follow up

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by Obascoetubi: 9:25pm On Nov 25, 2014
pix or i don biliv

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by Nobody: 9:44pm On Nov 25, 2014
Obascoetubi:
pix or i don biliv

Pls factory set your brain ,it's saying not enough memory

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by ifex370(m): 9:53pm On Nov 25, 2014
when d pics enter.... quote me
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by Obascoetubi: 9:54pm On Nov 25, 2014
aguiyi1:


Pls factory set your brain ,it's saying not enough memory

then its a lie..

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 10:30pm On Nov 25, 2014
First of all, this is 1 hectare of land, by the special grace of God, this land produced a gross profit of 1million in 2 months. This is when the land was in preparation stage. The process is tedious and highly meticulous and alot of factors come to play gere in making such profit. And that is what I am here to explain

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 10:35pm On Nov 25, 2014
Obascoetubi:
pix or i don biliv
Your choice... you were not forced here. Your belief is not important, am not a religion that needs belief to survive. Those that will benefit from the thread will and those that will add to my life and business will. I need ideas and innovation, not belief. Thanks.

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by 1stUnique(m): 11:11pm On Nov 25, 2014
Nice one bro. following...

Which state is your located?
how about the marketing aspect, is there a readily market available for the produce?
which varieties did u plant?
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 11:37pm On Nov 25, 2014
These are pictures from my last set. Cucumber lasts for about 70 days, although this my differ in specie but averagely between time of planting and the time it dries off is about 3months. So in order to maintain supply round the year, I plant in sets. This is the set that will give way for the new set that is just coming up. My next post will be on the factors that affect maximum production.

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 11:50pm On Nov 25, 2014
1stUnique:
Nice one bro. following...

Which state is your located?
how about the marketing aspect, is there a readily market available for the produce?
which varieties did u plant?
Thank u sir. The farm in the picture is located in the south-east. Owerri precisely. But I have other micro farms around the south-east south-south.
And concerning marketing, it was not easy initially. Majority of these crops are supplied from the north and displacing them in the market is a huge task. So what I did was make a high quality regulation on my product.
I also discovered that due to the long distance the northerners travel before they cab supply, their cucumbers come in stale and never fresh. So I made surr mine was fresh, juicy and nice before supply. I started by selling in retail to offices, schools and churches. Supply to those who helped me sell. I was very favoured in that aspect. But as the farms grew bigger, I had to find market women who come and buy in bulk at a reasonable price. Now, no matter the quantity I produce, it does not last the next day. Right now I sell up to 200k per harvest and twice a week. Don't underestimate those local market women. They struggle and fight for the products. A single woman can buy up to 20k a day for supply. It's not as profitable as selling retail but the money dey come sharp sharp cheesy

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by Galads(m): 11:50pm On Nov 25, 2014
I love this... Following

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 11:53pm On Nov 25, 2014
ifex370:
when d pics enter.... quote me
The pics don dey enter sir

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by Juliana7: 12:11am On Nov 26, 2014
Hi jasper, i'm keenly following dis thread, pls we are waiting for u, concerning factors dat militate against maximising profit, pls i want to go into cucumber farming

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 12:19am On Nov 26, 2014
The 7 decisive factors in successful farming of cucumber. (Most of these rules apply to farming in general).

1. The most important factor is the SEED you are planting.
Is it a local or a foreign seed?
Is it an open or a closed seed?
Is it a hybrid or General seed?
These and more are the things you find out before ever purchasing seed for planting. Some seeds can produce 1tonne of cucumber per hectare each harvest, others can produce 500kg, 200kg, even as low as 50kg. And some can produce up to 2-3 tonnes. Under the same agricultural conditions. (A kG of cucumber sells for minimum of N150 in wholesale).
Another role the kind of seed can play is in deciding how long you can harvest. Some 3-5 times some 5-10times while a select few can go 15-20 times before they wither. (Other factors contribute to how long harvest lasts)

So, you can see that the type of seed used is a very very vital factor

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by Bhurlagy(m): 12:30am On Nov 26, 2014
jasper7:
The 7 decisive factors in successful farming of cucumber. (Most of these rules apply to farming in general).

1. The most important factor is the SEED you are planting.
Is it a local or a foreign seed?
Is it an open or a closed seed?
Is it a hybrid or General seed?
These and more are the things you find out before ever purchasing seed for planting. Some seeds can produce 1tonne of cucumber per hectare each harvest, others can produce 500kg, 200kg, even as low as 50kg. And some can produce up to 2-3 tonnes. Under the same agricultural conditions. (A kG of cucumber sells for minimum of N150 in wholesale).
Another role the kind of seed can play is in deciding how long you can harvest. Some 3-5 times some 5-10times while a select few can go 15-20 times before they wither. (Other factors contribute to how long harvest lasts)

So, you can see that the type of seed used is a very very vital factor

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 12:33am On Nov 26, 2014
NUMBER 2: LABOUR. From personal experience. My first farm was a small one (about one plot). So, I handled it myself, only hired labour when making the beds. I made 100K in 2 months. I was shocked! That spurred me to look for more land. But when I increased to 4plots, I hired workers (2 workers). I was expecting to make at least 400k or 350. But to my greatest surprise, I made 250k. And had to pay their salaries of 80k. (20k each for 2 months). I was distraught, I began to check for what went wrong and discovered 2 things about Labour in Nigeria.

1. An average Nigerian youth wants to be richer than Dangote but is not ready to work. Very lazy to the bones.

2. If it's not their fathers business, they are ready to collapse and destroy whatever you are building.

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 12:40am On Nov 26, 2014
This wahala of labour is a big deal o. For intending farmers, don't take it lightly.
One would believe that if you flash 20k a month (which is above minimum wage) to a hungry, Jobless Nigerian, he/she woulf be ready to work. But it's a lie.
I'll therefore suggest that you start small and build up your labour force gradually with trusted, hardworking personnel.

Right now, my 1 hectare has 10 workers. 8 corpers and 2 permanent staff. I add 10k ontop the allowee for the corpers while my 2 resident staff collect 25k a month. I still hire manual labour for the rigorous work tho. So labour dey chop at least 200k a month.

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by TAEpiphany: 12:42am On Nov 26, 2014
Hahahahahahaah....we were just talking about this on another thread. I'm so glad you mentioned this. This culture of laziness tire me.



Impressive work you have done, this is more of what people would like to see. Extra grease to your elbow grin....
Would you be consulting on this anytime soon?


jasper7:
NUMBER 2: LABOUR. From personal experience. My first farm was a small one (about one plot). So, I handled it myself, only hired labour when making the beds. I made 100K in 2 months. I was shocked! That spurred me to look for more land. But when I increased to 4plots, I hired workers (2 workers). I was expecting to make at least 400k or 350. But to my greatest surprise, I made 250k. And had to pay their salaries of 80k. (20k each for 2 months). I was distraught, I began to check for what went wrong and discovered 2 things about Labour in Nigeria.

1. An average Nigerian youth wants to be richer than Dangote but is not ready to work. Very lazy to the bones.

2. If it's not their fathers business, they are ready to collapse and destroy whatever you are building.

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 12:53am On Nov 26, 2014
NUMBER 3: PESTS and DISEASES. Pests is usually a problem to contend with because it's a dicey situation.
The reason is, the major pests of cucumber are insects, and cucumber needs some insects for pollination like butterfly, bees e.t.c other insect will just eat the flowers and leaves and stunt the production of the crop.
I had this problem initially,
How do I spray pesticide on the crop without killing the useful insects. After much research and facts finding, I came to this wonderful conclusion.

Cucumber produces colourful flowers, and that is what attracts butterflies and bees(useful insects). While the other insects come to chop leaf and live on the leaf. So when the flowers are not bright the useful insects fly away.
When are the flowers not so bright? IN THE NIGHT!!! So the best time to spray insecticde/pesticide without killing the useful insects is in the evening or night.

Please don't spray pesticide speculatively, wait untill you notice presence of pests

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 12:55am On Nov 26, 2014
TAEpiphany:
Hahahahahahaah....we were just talking about this on another thread. I'm so glad you mentioned this. This culture of laziness tire me.



Impressive work you have done, this is more of what people would like to see. Extra grease to your elbow grin....
Would you be consulting on this anytime soon?


My oga I greet you. Good to have you here. Am not sure I'll have time for physical consultation. If I leave my farm for 2days, those workers will turn it to wildlife cheesy

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 1:07am On Nov 26, 2014
Other pests wey dey destroy cucumber are goats, cattle, monkies e.t.c

Monkies? I know you would be laughing now, but it's true. And to me, they are the worst pests ever. Am talking from experience.

I once consulted for a farmer in Enugu state, In his community, they kinda worship monkies or see monkies as sacred, so they don't kill them or disturb them.
Due to this, monkies practically live among them. He had a big farmland of cucumber, but once it reaches harvesting time, the useless monkies will just go there and help him harvest everything lol. You'll just see them trooping in their hundreds, like say them send them cheesy.

He tried everything within his power to chase them away but none worked. Scarecrow and the rest were just futile effort. Not untill I introduced bio control of 3 local dogs that patrol the farm. So the monkies started to fear cos dogs don't know which one be gods or meat cheesy. But ultimately, the man had to close down the farm because of monkey wahala.

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 1:15am On Nov 26, 2014
Another experience is with fulani cattle rearers who just decided to let their cattle feed on one innocent farmer's plot. sad I used to consult for the farmer and there was no just way to control those cattle so she had to shut down her little source of income sad . So... If you have goats and cattle parading your farmland and it's not fenced, cucumber is not just for you

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by TAEpiphany: 2:33am On Nov 26, 2014
LMAO .... You are too funny. Please continue with your narrative. It's good to see a farmer with humor. The bit about monkeys harvesting....lol didn't even know we still had monkeys in Nigeria. Last we heard they all left Idanre hills grin

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by 1stUnique(m): 7:08am On Nov 26, 2014
you are doing a nice job bros... looking forward to working with u in d future sir.

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by ifex370(m): 7:16am On Nov 26, 2014
jasper7:

The pics don dey enter sir

oga ,thanks oo... what of other vegetables like cabbage, carrot and their brothers.

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jethro2: 8:02am On Nov 26, 2014
Thanks so much for this. It very educative

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 9:57am On Nov 26, 2014
jethro2:
Thanks so much for this. It very educative
No problem sir. I try my best

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 10:00am On Nov 26, 2014
ifex370:


oga ,thanks oo... what of other vegetables like cabbage, carrot and their brothers.
We'll get there later. I have experimented on most vegetables and even water melon but not on a commercial basis. I am specialising now on cucumber. thanks

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 10:01am On Nov 26, 2014
TAEpiphany:
LMAO .... You are too funny. Please continue with your narrative. It's good to see a farmer with humor. The bit about monkeys harvesting....lol didn't even know we still had monkeys in Nigeria. Last we heard they all left Idanre hills grin
Lol... Thanks sir. Keep following, more to come
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 10:04am On Nov 26, 2014
Juliana7:
Hi jasper, i'm keenly following dis thread, pls we are waiting for u, concerning factors dat militate against maximising profit, pls i want to go into cucumber farming
Follow up then, you'll find this thread interesting and educative
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 10:19am On Nov 26, 2014
Back to class. We are at number 4 factor. NUMBER 4 is IRRIGATION. Over 80% of cucumber composition is water. Yes! Water... the need for constant water cannot be underestimated. And for this, irrigation is key.

Personally, wherever I am developing land, once the land is secure from pests the next thing I do is secure a constant source of water. Could be a nearby stream or I sink bore-hole in the land.

Please if you don't have constant source of water, cucumber farming is not for you.

If the plants are not well watered, the primary effect is that the products will be bitter. Have you eaten bitter cucumber before? Let's just say it's a combination of quinine and bitter leaf. Nobody will buy it from you, and bye bye to 1million Net profit.
Secondly, the plants won't last long before they wither. Which would not allow you to harvest as many times as you need to. So... bye bye 1million profit.

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by Denn(m): 10:51am On Nov 26, 2014
jasper7:
Back to class. We are at number 4 factor. NUMBER 4 is IRRIGATION. Over 80% of cucumber composition is water. Yes! Water... the need for constant water cannot be underestimated. And for this, irrigation is key.

Personally, wherever I am developing land, once the land is secure from pests the next thing I do is secure a constant source of water. Could be a nearby stream or I sink bore-hole in the land.

Please if you don't have constant source of water, cucumber farming is not for you.

If the plants are not well watered, the primary effect is that the products will be bitter. Have you eaten bitter cucumber before? Let's just say it's a combination of quinine and bitter leaf. Nobody will buy it from you, and bye bye to 1million Net profit.
Secondly, the plants won't last long before they wither. Which would not allow you to harvest as many times as you need to. So... bye bye 1million profit.

Been following your posts.

Was about asking you on how you irrigate.

Can you please shed more light on this?

What methods do you employ.

In addition, I can notice mulching... More on these please

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