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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by Porscheshek(m): 11:50pm On Dec 02, 2014
jasper7:
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


Thank you very much for this thread..
Pls i want to know the cost of starting up the farm on a 1 acre land.
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by 1stUnique(m): 11:56pm On Dec 02, 2014
Porscheshek:



Thank you very much for this thread..
Pls i want to know the cost of starting up the farm on a 1 acre land.

i will be intrested in d Answer to tis question
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by 1stUnique(m): 11:56pm On Dec 02, 2014
Porscheshek:



Thank you very much for this thread..
Pls i want to know the cost of starting up the farm on a 1 acre land.

i will be intrested in d Answer to this question
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by kendraloops(f): 4:09pm On Dec 03, 2014
First female "commenter", oya roll out the drums.

Op, if i start to pray for you ehn, e fit turn to curse cos I'll get carried away. Been following the thread with mouth wide open as in are you fir real? God bless u gidi gan!

I'll be back!

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 5:02pm On Dec 03, 2014
1stUnique:
Bro jasper7.. I av some question sir.. After planting and i av harvested for d first time? When else will i b able to harvest and till when will i be able to harvest frm that same plant b4 planting new seed?
That depends on the seed you planted and the amount of nutrient in the soil. But with the right seed and sufficient nutrient, you shud harvest every 3 days or twice a week. For a month. Before the leaves naturally fades and dries up. Then you can replant. Hope this answers your question?

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 5:07pm On Dec 03, 2014
Porscheshek:



Thank you very much for this thread..
Pls i want to know the cost of starting up the farm on a 1 acre land.
Yeah... that depends on availability of water, cost of labour and materials
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by Agbe4Life(m): 7:29pm On Dec 03, 2014
Hello brow, i commend you on a job well done. So glad to be yoour stuen. I will gladly consider coming over to byour farm for Hands on training soon. T

Yours is about the most insightful and educative thread on this platform so far. Thank you for that. I will love you to give contact details and costing breakdown for setting up cucumber farm on 1 hecter of land . Also , does cucumber have specific planting seasons or does the irrigation takes care of that?

God bless you as you shed light on these dark areas. Thanks a million.
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 8:24pm On Dec 03, 2014
Agbe4Life:
Hello brow, i commend you on a job well done. So glad to be yoour stuen. I will gladly consider coming over to byour farm for Hands on training soon. T

Yours is about the most insightful and educative thread on this platform so far. Thank you for that. I will love you to give contact details and costing breakdown for setting up cucumber farm on 1 hecter of land . Also , does cucumber have specific planting seasons or does the irrigation takes care of that?

God bless you as you shed light on these dark areas. Thanks a million.
Thanks sir. I appreciate the compliment. There's no particular season for planting cucumber. Once there's sufficient water, the cucumber will do well

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by 1stUnique(m): 8:48pm On Dec 03, 2014
jasper7:

That depends on the seed you planted and the amount of nutrient in the soil. But with the right seed and sufficient nutrient, you shud harvest every 3 days or twice a week. For a month. Before the leaves naturally fades and dries up. Then you can replant. Hope this answers your question?

yes sir

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 9:01pm On Dec 03, 2014
kendraloops:
First female "commenter", oya roll out the drums.

Op, if i start to pray for you ehn, e fit turn to curse cos I'll get carried away. Been following the thread with mouth wide open as in are you fir real? God bless u gidi gan!

I'll be back!
Lol. Okay you got me laughing here. How does prayer turn to curse? Good to see a lady interested in agriculture. Thanks alot for the compliments tho. More grease cheesy

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 9:07pm On Dec 03, 2014
Please, if I haven't answered your question up till now, or replied your comment, suggestion or enquiry. Please no vex. And for those who sent me e-mails and bbm messages and they are unattended to. No vex. I'll try as much as possible to respond to all as soon as I get stable network here. Or immediately I return to naija. Also, if you sent bbm invite over the past 3days and it's still pending. Pls resend again. BBM: 7E2F9A4A. Whatsapp: +22961206962.

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 9:17pm On Dec 03, 2014
Okay, Let me just post this. The key in agric from my own personal findings are patience and practise. No matter how much knowledge you have on paper or from an agric blog or classroom. if you haven't tried it out in a real farm, A farmer in the village is still a better farmer than you. Every amount of knowledge without practise in agric is useless so far as agric is involved. I believe the secret is in starting small. A plot, half plot. Use it to test seeds, market, agric practises and so on. Before graduating to one hectare or 2. And since not everybody can visit my farm, and not everybody has land and water. Just for the sake of learning and practise. We will plant 20 seeds of cucumber each, in 20 bagco sacks (remember the bags I asked you to buy?). I'll try and supply as many serious minded people as I can with the seeds. So, if you haven't gotten your bags, start buying them. Cos once I get back into the country the practical begins.

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by kendraloops(f): 11:02pm On Dec 03, 2014
I don't mind getting the seeds. Hope distance won't be a problem.
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 11:05pm On Dec 03, 2014
kendraloops:
I don't mind getting the seeds. Hope distance won't be a problem.
Where is ur location
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by kendraloops(f): 11:15pm On Dec 03, 2014
jasper7:

Where is ur location

Akure, Ondo State
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by plainmirror(m): 11:23pm On Dec 03, 2014
jasper7:

Where is ur location

Me too
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by plainmirror(m): 11:23pm On Dec 03, 2014
jasper7:

Where is ur location

Me too
Abia state (aba)
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by Nobody: 12:43pm On Dec 04, 2014
@jasper, am still trying to understand the pic of ur farm.
how did u get the soil u put in the celophane/ mulching bag? Does the bed have a specified height , weight and depth? what is the spacing between 2 bed? i noticed u 2 round opening at the sides of thw bwd, what is the distance. Did u mix the organic manure with the soil b4 u planted?
I saw some pipes used for the irrigation, how did u route it inside the beds? So many questns!

Plz summarise the bed preparation.

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by dragon2(m): 2:50am On Dec 05, 2014
mercylicious:
@jasper, am still trying to understand the pic of ur farm.
how did u get the soil u put in the celophane/ mulching bag? Does the bed have a specified height , weight and depth? what is the spacing between 2 bed? i noticed u 2 round opening at the sides of thw bwd, what is the distance. Did u mix the organic manure with the soil b4 u planted?
I saw some pipes used for the irrigation, how did u route it inside the beds? So many questns!

Plz summarise the bed preparation.

I think the bag is laid out flat on the earth to block sunlight from getting to the weed seeds and allowing them to germinate,which will lead to competition with the plant. It(the bag) also traps moisture that would have been lost by evaporation, and nutrients by erosion. The openings in the bag is for the target plant to grow from (it needs the sunlight the weeds won't get) and also for access to water and fertiliser.

I may be wrong,just my 2 kobo.

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 7:46am On Dec 05, 2014
dragon2:


I think the bag is laid out flat on the earth to block sunlight from getting to the weed seeds and allowing them to germinate,which will lead to competition with the plant. It(the bag) also traps moisture that would have been lost by evaporation, and nutrients by erosion. The openings in the bag is for the target plant to grow from (it needs the sunlight the weeds won't get) and also for access to water and fertiliser.

I may be wrong,just my 2 kobo.
You're absolutely right sir. I couldn't have explained it better.

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 7:55am On Dec 05, 2014
mercylicious:
@jasper, am still trying to understand the pic of ur farm.
how did u get the soil u put in the celophane/ mulching bag? Does the bed have a specified height , weight and depth? what is the spacing between 2 bed? i noticed u 2 round opening at the sides of thw bwd, what is the distance. Did u mix the organic manure with the soil b4 u planted?
I saw some pipes used for the irrigation, how did u route it inside the beds? So many questns!

Plz summarise the bed preparation.
The spacing between 2 cucumber seeds is 50cm or 1metre if you dont plan to stake. The furrow is 80cm. The irrigation can be done anyway. Mine isn't perfect, I'm still updating and upgrading everyday. So... I won't advice anybody to model my irrigation system. The black nylon you see on there are not bags, they are just flat, open nylon. The technology is not alien or difficult. Once you see it once. You'll understand how it works. Even the local women I've taught are doing it excellently.

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by world1(m): 8:27am On Dec 05, 2014
Good morning.
Please can I have your contact or you link up with me through my signature I want to introduced WABI to you and invite you as a stakeholder.
Please we need you.
Thanks
World1
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by ddooskie(m): 12:44am On Dec 06, 2014
In for the practicals...leggo!
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 9:59am On Dec 06, 2014
Back in Nigeria, I have missed the fresh Nigerian air. We continue immediately, keep the questions coming in. I'll be in Ogbomosho, Oyo state on Friday, Saturday. For the WABI project. Hosted by oga world 1 and Hotmas11. I will personally be training some 50 young people on cucumber farming. Young farmers are indeed changing the game. I see a revolution coming on Nairaland. Agriculture section is about to top the relevance chart.

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by emeke247: 4:02pm On Dec 06, 2014
jasper7:
okay, I feel the need to tell a story before I retire for the night. A couple of years back, I was at the MM airport in lagos, heading to abuja. Just as we were waiting for our boarding time. Some big men In kaftans came in an entourage and bought the whole seats in our plane.

These dudes where not up to 20 but correct me if I'm wrong, a plane has a minimum of 60 passenger seats
Well, we were asked to wait a tard longer for their next flight. Trust Nigerians na, see pandemonium. People dragging shirts and singlets grin. I just sat at a corner, folded my hands, dumbfounded.

In my head I was just reasoning this out. The poor ones are here killing themselves, while the big men have boarded our flight and are half way to Abuja.
There and then, I consciously decided to be in the big league. That incident makes me stretch myself, keeps me motivated, keeps me going.


Now, I got your hearts in the right direction, it's time to get your hands dirty! And I mean that, literally. Tomorrow I share the action plan. I just need 10 farmers who have farmland hot and available to indicate interest. 2moro the real work begins.

Incase you don't have any available to you now, but you are going to be ready by march, still indicate interest.

This thread is about to get sweaty. Fun time is over
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by osca123(m): 9:28am On Dec 07, 2014
@ Jasper my stuffs are ready like you requested ooo. How can someone get in touch with you apart from this forum. Am just asking for d sake of fast response from you.
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 11:12am On Dec 07, 2014
osca123:
@ Jasper my stuffs are ready like you requested ooo. How can someone get in touch with you apart from this forum. Am just asking for d sake of fast response from you.
I have posted my whatsapp number and pin here before. Check, you'll see it
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by osca123(m): 11:50am On Dec 07, 2014
jasper7:

I have posted my whatsapp number and pin here before. Check, you'll see it

I have searched for d watsapp number but cant find it. Can u repost it here pls.
God bless
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by Uptosomething(m): 11:58am On Dec 07, 2014
@Jasper et all, I mostly appreciate this piece and thread; it makes one learn alot. Personally ,I am looking forward to launching into Agriculture ,I will start from scratch ,understudy the bosses in it, practise and then launch out in Full swing. Primarily, I have lands in my village and my village is in Abia State, 30 -45 mins from Aba.What are the crops that do well down south? ..... the way things are AGRICULTURE will soon be a main Stay........FOOD FOR ALL

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by jasper7(m): 3:29pm On Dec 07, 2014
osca123:


I have searched for d watsapp number but cant find it. Can u repost it here pls.
God bless
+22961206962

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Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by zubis05: 5:42pm On Dec 07, 2014
Good evening sir. Saw this thread today and I saw something that interested me. I have been interested in going to songhai for a while now. I think a stay of about a month will help me ĺearn on what I want to do. Please do you have an idea of the cost implication for this? Any other info needed to make this trip will be appreciated too. Thanks..
Re: Modern Cucumber Farming. My 1 Million Naira Experience *with Pictures* by world1(m): 9:57am On Dec 08, 2014
Early morning bumper harvest

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