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Simple Methods On How To Start Watermelon Farming In Nigeria by Inyangthompson: 11:49am On Dec 28, 2017
Nigeria has a vast abundance of land, resources, and climatic variations that enable it to grow different varieties of food and cash crops in its agricultural sector.

As a nation with the most immerse Agricultural sector in Africa, the local agricultural industry employs up to 70% of the local workforce and contributes about 40% of the country’s GDP.

One of such agribusiness that contributes to the food and economic value of the country is Watermelon farming in Nigeria.

According to Wikipedia, the worldwide production of watermelon as at 2014 was 111 million metric tonnes, with China accounting for 67% of the total production. This large production rate has influenced watermelon demand positively both locally and internationally, making it a lucrative agribusiness for local farmers to venture into.

With a widespread demand for the crop, watermelon farming in Nigeria is growing at a fast pace.

What Is Water Melon Farming About?

Watermelon farming is the cultivation of watermelons for food and cash purposes.

The watermelon is a plant that can grow anywhere in Nigeria, causing the demand for it to stay rising, which invariably drives up the production capacity of the leading local producers.

The opportunity watermelon farming in Nigeria has provided for the populace has caused several farmers to venture into its cultivation.

Business Opportunities In Water Melon Farming

1) Source of food:

Watermelons are a great source of food as they contain 91% of water and 6% of sugar and can be consumed raw in the form of salad or pickled. Since they’re primarily eaten, venturing into watermelon farming in Nigeria in a bid to sell the watermelons for consumption in the local markets is a great bet.

2) Beverages:

Watermelons very juicy and can be easily diced in mixed fruits salads or as juice, margaritas, limeade, cocktails, and much more. The watermelon juice can also be blended with other fruits or made into wine, which could in-turn be sold as a branded product.

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