Do you want to start Lettuce Farming in Nigeria? If your answer is, “YES!”, then I’d say keep up that tempo, you’re about to get rich, sorry, WEALTHY!
Lettuce is a popular vegetable grown for its many uses, especially for cooking a wide variety of dishes in Nigeria. In almost every occasion or event in Nigeria today, lettuce is needed for one use or the other, hence its high demand.
One of the many uses of lettuce in food is as food salad. The crop can also be used as an additive in meals, for food decoration and as a vegetable in soup, stew, sauce etc.
Lettuce Farming Startup Tips in Nigeria
A sound knowledge of the dynamics of the lettuce market and strategize on how to sale and promote it is very important. If you know what to do, lettuce business could be very lucrative and productive for you.
Do not go into this business if you do not have adequate knowledge of it; it is better to stick to what you know very well. Having a passion for a business will also make you learn fast without stress. Remember, Interest drives passion and passion births success.
Why You Should Start Lettuce Farming Today
Lettuce farming is profitable in the sense that it has a wide variety of uses. Additionally, it is highly demanded and a greater part of this demand comes from rich and wealthy people. Agreed, the poor and low-class people also eat/use lettuce, but not as much as the rich/wealthy.
The reason for the above is that lettuce could be a bit pricey at times and not everyone especially the low-income earners would like to purchase it in relation to other vegetables. But the rich will. So, since a greater proportion of your target audience is the rich/wealthy, you are bound to make gains and grow rich faster planting and selling lettuce in Nigeria.
Additionally, lettuce farming is not high-capital based. If you observe good agronomical practices you will make more or double of what you invested on your farm to buy seedlings, pay for weeding, buy fertilizer and other logistics.
People that can do waterleaf business very well are likely to succeed in Lettuce farm business. If you go into lettuce farm business you will be very successful at it since few people are doing it and so many people think that it selects where it grows. So, they do not venture into it.
Since lettuce is on the demand more and more its demands will make you make more sell since it has not really gain ground. You sets your own price and make money from it. You make more sales as an added advantage during the festive periods.
Health Benefits Of Lettuce:
- Lettuce contains low calories and is good in balancing weight.
- It contains fiber and cellulose which is good for maintaining a healthy heart.
- Thirdly, lettuce prevents cholesterol oxidation due to its vitamin C content.
Available Varieties of Lettuce
Below are some of the varieties it contains;
- Stem Lettuce Variety: these kinds of lettuce have elongated bitter leaves and are mostly preferred by the Chinese.
- Romaine (Cos) Lettuce: the leaves of this lettuce come in different shapes which are loosely arranged around the stem.
- Oak leaf (Darwin lettuce) Variety: these are resistant to heat and are good for commercial usage.
- Crip Head Lettuce: these kinds of lettuce have few loosed leaves with a densely compacted head.
- Buttered (Butter Crunch) Variety: such lettuces have loosed heads with very tender flavored leaves.
Basic Steps To Lettuce Farming In Nigeria
Land Preparation For Lettuce Farming
First, clear the site and remove all weeds. Ensure that the soil you are using is a well-drained sandy loam soil. This helps to avoid Waterlogging. Then, apply organic manure to help restore soil structure, especially for soils not fitted for planting lettuce. The Manure helps to slow down nutrient release (i.e., soil nutrients escape) and it aids in retention of soil fertility for a longer period.
Nursery Cultivation For Lettuce Farming
It is advisable to nurse your lettuce crop prior to transplanting and subsequent planting. However, you can plant it directly without a nursery. Either way goes. The choice of planting method depends on what the farmer wants.
To cultivate a nursery bed, first of all till the soil and flatten it for even spread of water. Mark Grooves across the bed and then sprinkled the seeds lightly and evenly along the grooves. Scatter the soil lightly with your hands across the bed. Thiswill help in flattening the grooves.
Stalks of grass are then used to cover the top of the bed. This is to regulate direct sunlight and water (irrigation) or rain.
Irrigation is needed especially when there is no flow of natural water/rain. You can practice irrigation farming by using borehole water to water the crops appropriately. Ask farmers already into lettuce faming or who have experience with irrigation farming how they do it to avoid killing your crops out of ignorance.
Tending Your Crop
This is where the bulk of the work lies. What will be the essence of cultivating your crops without weeding and controlling of pest? Ensure you avoid the competition between crops and unwanted crops (weed) in the farm. Again, fertilize the farm appropriately and use the recommended pest control system(s) to prevent pests from destroying the lettuce leaves.
Once your crop starts maturing, try as much as possible not to put pesticides on them as they are soon going to prepare for harvesting. If you take all these tips into cognizance, you will be making hundreds of thousands, even millions on naira from this business.
Weeding and Fertilization
Apply manure 3-4 weeks after transplanting. Apply again in 2-3 weeks’ time and again in another 2-3 weeks’ time. Also, ensure that you rid weeds off your farm. Do hand picking where necessary to avoid removing your crops along with the weeds.
Lettuce takes about 6-8 weeks to mature, depending on the variety used. Harvest them as soon as they are ripe for harvesting to avoid bolting (a situation where it starts bringing out seeds). When you harvest your lettuce late, it can have a bitter taste.
Source for buyers while planting your crop to make prospective buyers aware of your products. Once the crop matures remind them again. When you harvest inform them to come and buy. In this regard, you will not be losing out. Do not wait until you harvest it. Go to food shops, restaurants, hotels, food and fruit vendors for prospects, marketing and sales of your products.
Make more sales by reducing the price for first-timers, as well as for serious and committed buyers. Advertise on social media to pick the interest of restaurants, fast foods, and the rest highlighted above.
Thank you. That was it on how to start lettuce farming business in Nigeria. Kindly leave a comment below for more clarification, if need be.