My name is Charles Ekeh, 27 years of age and a native of Obibiezena, Owerri North, Imo State, Nigeria. I am currently based in Ekiti state. I am a graduate of Agricultural and Environmental Resources Engineering and am passionate about agriculture.
I have been involved in personal research on wilting and permanent wilting point of Amaranthus on Vertisols and Sand loam soils, and also the effect of Albit bio-fertilizer on maize from germination to growth stage V4.
My project is Cassava and Maize farming. I want to set up a farm with 10 hectares each of cassava and maize in the Gbonyin local government area. Four hectares each will be located in five communities in Gbonyin LGA (Ijan, Aisegba, Agbado, Imesi, and Ode), of which 2 hectares will be allocated for maize and 2 hectares for cassava cultivation.
The farm will be owned and managed by me and a smallholder group made up of interested community youth. The major farm operations will be mechanized as every member must participate fully.
I feel pain in my heart when I see youth blessed with agricultural land yet wallowing in poverty and joblessness. This project will not just be a farm but most especially a learning centre, an eye opener, motivation and encouragement to community youths.
This project in the long run will bring about self-reliance, job creation and insight to mechanized agriculture in Ekiti State as a whole.
To achieve this, I will:
- mobilize community youth leaders of each community.
- create small holder group in each community.
- lease required land and source tractor services.
- source for ready buyers of our harvest.
- invite successful indigenous farmers for monthly lectures and encouragement.
I have already secured a 4-hectare demonstration farm in Ode and 50 kg of maize seed. I have secured the moral support of an indigenous farmer and Ode community leader. I have also secured the interest of some community youth in Ode.
The success of this project will be measured by the success of each participating community group and individual participant in establishing and ruining their own farm.
ITEM COST PER UNIT(Naira) QUANTITY AMOUNT(Naira)
Land lease 8,000 20 160,000
Ploughing 8,000 20 160,000
Harrowing 8,000 20 160,000
Ridging 8,000 20 160,000
Spraying 10,000 20 200,000
Seeds 9,000 20 180,000
Planting 8,000 20 80,000
Fertilizers 4,000 20 80,000
Blogpost and picture submitted by Charles Ekeh (Nigeria) – ekehcharles2201[at]gmail.com
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