If you are thinking of how to make money from Vegetable farming, then this story of Esther Eyaknudue is for you.
Born in Akwa Ibom, South-South Nigeria, Esther Eyakndue is a graduate of Sociology and anthropology, a law student and a Vegetable Farmer.
Esther Eyandue ventured into Vegetable Farming few years ago and she has never regretted her decision.
According to her the high demand for foodstuffs in the society and her desire to explore the richness of nature is what inspired her to go into vegetable farming.
Passionate about enhancing and promoting healthy living, she explained that the health benefit of Vegetables to the human body is uncountable, noting that eating more vegetables will meet the need of the human body to enhance healthy living.
Though she admitted that she almost gave up at a point, which is a temptation that most entrepreneurs face, she believes that anyone with the right passion and motivation can make money from Vegetable farming.
Vegetable farming has been a source of livelihood to many farmers for decades. In our clime, indigenous Vegetables like Waterleaf, Nkong Efere (Ugu), etc are delicacies in many homes. They are hardy and have high resistance to diseases, so pest infestation can easily be managed and controlled.
Last year a Vegetable Farmer in Lagos, Nigeria shared a story of how he has been making over 200,000 naira monthly from Vegetable farming.
Though his concentration was mostly on dry season farming when vegetables are expected to be scarce, he had an all year plan that ensured the availability of vegetables to all his buyers.
For Esther, she started Vegetable farming with just N40,000 naira and she is willing to share her knowledge and experience to help other young farmers in Nigeria to grow.
According to her, there’s been an over-dependence on oil that we seem to neglect other natural resources but going into farming has helped her explore the richness of our soils.
Esther’s farm is located in Uyo and she grows Garden eggs, Pepper, Cucumber and other vegetables on the farm. She engages workers to help her with the labour needed to grow the vegetables. As an entrepreneur, she says she could increase the scope of her production and harvest if she has access to grants to purchase farm machines and access to improved seeds at subsidized rates.
Combining schooling with farm work can be a tedious process especially when school is in session but Esther forges on, driven by passion and determination to contribute her quota as an entrepreneur in job creation and enhancing food production in Akwa Ibom state and Nigeria at large.
If you want to make money from Vegetable farming, start planting today and let Esther’s story motivate you to get into the farm.