How to make millions in watermelon farming in Nigeria

Every part of Nigeria supports watermelon farming. However, a bulk of current production comes from the northern part of the country. Although this is the case, you can take advantage of its ability to grow anywhere within Nigeria to start cultivating it. Watermelon is always available. This is due to rainy season and irrigation cultivation of the fruit. This means that the fruit is available all year round.
There is always high demand for it which is why you should consider starting this business. While being highly marketable and financially rewarding, the startup costs for this business is significantly low.
Requirements for Starting this Business
Capital is a basic requirement for starting any business. A watermelon business is no different. However, capital is not the only requirement you need as there are also others which must be put in place such as land, seedlings, fertilizer and labour. From the above mentioned requirements, land is one of the most important. However, getting one can be significantly costly. If you have one already, you would have significantly reduced the costs of starting this business.

You also have to determine which variety of watermelon you want to plant as there are several varieties of these fruits. Some of these include;

The Crimson Sweet Watermelon – This is one of the common varieties of watermelon in Nigeria. It has a deep red flesh, as well as a very sweet taste.

The Black Diamond – This specie is yet another type of watermelon variety. This has a dark skin, but has a red flesh within.

The Congo Watermelon – Another varieties of watermelon include the Congo variety and the moon and stars variety.

Cultivation of Watermelon in Nigeria
There are several ways to cultivate watermelon. However, it all depends on your soil condition. It is important to note that when planting your watermelon seedlings,seedlings, you should try as much as possible to avoid waterlogged areas. This is because it does not thrive in such conditions. Ridges are the best for commercial production of watermelon.

The depth of your seedlings should be about 30 centimeters, while the space apart should be about a foot wide. This allows for proper growth of the plants and easy spread. If your farm has clay soil, then its water retention rate would be higher. Therefore if you’ll be using irrigation, you should water the plants once a week. Loamy soils are the best for watermelon in rainy season.

Source: Agro Impact

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How many grams of seedlings is required for 1 acre

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Am not too sure, but from my research, these are my findings.

PLANTING

  1. If you live in warmer climes, you can sow seeds directly outdoors, but wait until the soil temperature warms to at least 70°F to avoid poor germination.
  2. Watermelon vines are very tender and should not be transplanted until all danger of frost has passed. (To be safe, wait at least two weeks past your last frost date.)
  3. If you are in a cooler zone, start seeds indoors about a month before transplanting.
  4. Amend soil with aged manure, seaweed, and/or compost before planting. Watermelons are heavy feeders. Learn more about soil amendments and preparing soil for planting.
  5. Watermelons prefer a soil pH between 6 and 6.8.
  6. Growing the vines in raised rows, known as hills, ensures good drainage and will hold the sun’s heat longer. Space the plants about 2 feet apart in a 5-foot-wide hill.
  7. If you’re growing in rows, space 6 feet by 6 feet apart.
  8. Watermelons like loamy, well-drained soil. Handle them gently when you transplant.
  9. After you transplant, cover the plants with row covers to keep pests at bay. You’ll remove the row covers when you see both male and female flowers on the vine.

NOTE: from point 7 One needs 4,000 seeds for planting in an acre.

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Interesting. Do you sell the seedings. I planted early this you but didn’t germinate. What would have been responsible for that?