I know you want to make money this year. Obviously, that’s why you are reading this article on crop farming business ideas.
Many people have started acknowledging the importance of agriculture.
Right now, you cannot imagine the number of people who want to venture into one agribusiness or another.
There is something for everyone who wishes to earn from agriculture – take this from me.
Whether it is livestock farming, crop cultivation, food processing, import & export, service providing, sourcing agent, you can become a millionaire through agriculture.
Top Crop Farming Business Ideas
1. Groundnut Cultivation Business
For most of us in Nigeria, we believe ‘peanut; is groundnut coated in flour, sugar and egg coating.
However, I will like to point out that groundnut is more popularly known as ‘peanut’.
Groundnut farming is one agro-business idea that will always sell, no matter the condition.
The reason is that groundnut has so many uses. Groundnut can be eaten as a snack when boiled or fried.
It can also be used to produce peanut butter, groundnut oil, and the very popular Nigeria ‘kuli kuli’ snack.
Usually, any crop that has a variety of usage, like groundnut, is very easy to market.
If you can produce well enough groundnut on your farm, you will make so much money selling your produce.
You can sell your groundnut produce when they are freshly harvested to those who prefer to eat or sell boiled groundnuts.
Peradventure, your groundnut becomes dry after some time, you can sell them to manufacturing companies and small groundnut processing enterprises.
As long as the soil and climate condition of your area is good for cultivating groundnut, you should consider farming some groundnuts next season.
2. Cassava Farming Business
I so much love cassava farming particularly, and I will not hesitate to advise someone I love to go into the cultivation of cassava.
This crop is widely consumed in many African countries and in South America also.
Just like groundnut, cassava has also found itself so many uses.
Cassava can be boiled and eaten like a yam or processed into flour, chips, garri, starch and of course, fufu.
In fact, fufu production is one of the most popular uses of cassava.
Always consider farm produce that has a long value chain or a variety of usage first in choosing an agro-business venture.
The use of cassava as a substitute for flour production is growing rapidly.
You should expect that the demand for cassava will grow in the coming years as a result.
Just ensure you follow the cassava farming process stipulated in this cassava cultivation guide
You are well on your way to making some cool cash from agriculture.
3. Cotton Farming
You will agree with me that people will always wear clothes. For an industry like the textile industry, the importance of cotton cannot be overemphasized.
Cotton is a cash crop that produces cotton which serves as a major component in the textile industry.
The cotton produce is spun into threads used majorly for producing textiles for garments.
I, however, discovered some years back that some currency notes are made with cotton.
I can’t even remember what led to that research. But, that’s by the way.
Imagine a world with over 7 billion people who wear at least one piece of cotton material each day. OMG!!
This goes to show that there is a very large market for cotton and no matter what, you will make money selling cotton produce.
If you have the financial ability and a very large hectare of land to cultivate cotton, cotton farming is a good agriculture business idea for you.
Cotton is easily exported from one country to another and has a readily available market for it.
If you do things right, there are no limits to the income you can generate from growing cotton .
4. Ginger farming
Ginger is a medicinal plant that is highly sought after in many markets both for its medicinal values and for its aromatic taste.
The crop is mostly grown in tropical and subtropical regions of the world and it comes with a lot of health benefits which include relieving muscle pain, nausea and constipation.
You can grow large quantities of ginger plant and sell them off freshly harvested, dried, powdered, or use it in the production of ginger juice.
Another way to make money from ginger is through foreign exchange.
In a recent report, China is the world’s largest exporter of ginger, yet there is still a high demand for the crop in the foreign market.
Ginger can also be processed into foods and cosmetics.
Talking about ginger being processed into foods, my stomach is now craving for some freshly prepared gingerbread.
I may consider preparing some this weekend with this awesome gingerbread recipe.
5. Mushroom Farming
Mushrooms are naturally occurring fungi that can give you much money.
The profitability of mushroom farming in Nigeria is so much that if you invest in this agribusiness, you will no longer have money complains.
Mushrooms are a rich source of vitamins, protein, and minerals.
Most people prefer to have mushrooms in their meal to having meat or even fish considering its nutritional value and superior health implications.
Even though mushrooms are highly profitable , not all mushrooms are edible. Some are non-edible and are poisonous to man when eaten.
Don’t just dabble into the agribusiness, make sure you receive adequate training on mushroom farming so that you can distinguish between the edible and non-edible mushrooms.
You will also learn how to correctly cultivate mushrooms so that they produce massively.
The reason why growing mushrooms deliberately to eliminate the possible danger of gathering the poisonous mushroom type is vital.
Before you start the business of farming mushrooms, you must have a dark shed or room for the mushroom.
The reason is that a mushroom is not a green plant with undergoes photosynthesis, therefore, it may not be needing so much sunlight to produce.
Other requirements include sawdust, Polythene bags, and Spawns/mushrooms seeds.
You will also be needing Urea/nitrogen fertilizer, Lime, water, ceiling machine, weighing scale, and a Refrigerator for storage.
If the more important requirements are available, you can start your own mushroom farming business today and start selling mushrooms to hotels, exporters and pharmaceutical companies within the next 21 days.
6. Rice Cultivation
Rich is one cash crop that is eaten by every Dick and Harry in all parts of the world.
This wide acceptance of rice by many races has made it a highly coveted food in many homes and has increased its demand.
There are different varieties of rice in the market today, but you don’t need to be afraid whether you will sell or not.
Different people have a different variety of rice which they prefer to eat.
Some prefer the local Abakiliki rice or Ofada rice in Nigeria.
Many other people may prefer to have the imported long or short grain rice from Thailand and other foreign countries.
The fact still remains that there is high demand for varieties.
Rice is best grown in a swampy or waterlogged area.
With a good soil composition and favourable climatic conditions that support the growth of rice, you are good to go.
You may be forced to think that you have to go through the hassle of planting, parboiling, milling, and bagging before you can make a huge profit from rice farming.
That’s not true. To tell you the truth, there is very high demand for raw rice too.
Some people build factories for the sole purpose of buying raw rice from small rice farmers, processing it, bagging and distributing to markets.
Rice farming is a very good agriculture business idea to explore, but as I will always advise, ensure you get hands-on training from an expert before venturing.
7. Sweet Potatoes and Irish Potatoes Farming
Sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes are tuber crops which are consumed globally.
If you want to know just how profitable potatoes farming business s is, just buy a meat pie and check out its content.
Also, you may want to check the food section of any shopping mall closest to you to see their menu or display glass.
Do you know that potato chips can be prepared, packaged and exported to other countries as a ready-to-eat snack?
It can also be boiled and eaten alone or alongside a sauce.
Health experts have also discovered several benefits of potatoes for skin, hair, and health.
As a matter of factly, potatoes can be used as additives to beauty products also.
My dear friend, if you are looking at starting an agricultural business , then you should have the idea of cultivating sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes in your list.
This farming business one sure way of making money from agriculture this year.
However, you need expert knowledge for this business too and position yourself for some huge bucks rolling into your account.
8. Yam Cultivation
Yam farming business is another way of making money in agriculture.
This tuber crop is majorly cultivated in Africa, South America and in most countries of the world.
The planting date of yam will affect your harvest and it will take only about 5 – 7 months for yams to reach maturity.
Trust me, if you did the right thing, your harvest will be super bumper.
No doubt, there is a huge market demand for yams because yams can be boiled, fried and even converted into flour.
However, avoid failure by learning first hand from professionals in the business.
If you don’t want to cultivate yams, of course, you can just act as a middleman between farmers and consumers.
Another way of making a cool profit from this agribusiness is to venture into the yam storage business.
You may need to write out a yam production business plan before starting out.
In fact, a business plan is a necessity for any kind of farming business you intend to venture in.
If you still think selling yam will not be a profitable agro-business idea, just try to find out the cost of yam in a market near you.
Just consider this business idea and have a share of the profits which other yam farmers have been enjoying over the years.
9. Maize Farming
This list of agro-business ideas can never be complete without the mention of maize farming business.
For far too long, many of us have confined our thinking of maize around the stomach.
If only we could stretch our imagination to other directions, we will discover other numerous uses of the maize and its derivatives.
Did you know that the maize silk – the long shiny fibers at the top of an ear of maize which we always throw away has special uses?
When dried, powdered and taken as a tea, maize silk becomes medicine to cure a host of diseases such as bladder infections, inflammation of the urinary system and prostate.
It also cures kidney stones and acts as an antidiabetic agent.
The best part of it all is that it can even cure bed wetting.
I have not even started mentioning the more popular uses of maize.
Just imagine the great wealth you will amass with this agribusiness idea.
Maize farming business is the bomb. Just think about it.
10. Vegetable Farming Business
Basically, vegetables are one of most sought after farm produce that you could ever think of.
Most vegetables have short maturity periods and they are in constant demand.
Since the demand is always high, you can be assured of making so much profit from this crop farming idea.
While you are still contemplating whether to start a vegetable farming business or not, this millionaire from Nakuru, Kenya** could be a motivation for you.
She is a young lady raking millions every year from vegetable farming.
On her farm she grows vegetables, has a poultry farm and produces cereals, carrots, cabbage, milk, and poultry products.
Most vegetables do not require so much expertise to produce, but you will have an edge if you are more knowledgeable.
You could consider growing fluted pumpkin (ugu), waterleaf, bitter leaf, okra, pepper, eggplant, carrot, lettuce etc.
This is just a sneak peek into the potentials of growing plants and venturing into crop cultivation businesses.