The cost of strawberry farming per hectare is ₦300,000 - ₦1,200,000. The cost of strawberry farming can vary widely. Most strawberry farmers in Nigeria now use drip irrigation because it increases their yield and assures all year farming.
The cost of strawberry farming can vary according to your location, types of strawberry seeds used, time of the year and the the fertility of the soil.
For instance, it is less costly to grow strawberry in the northern part of Nigeria where the cost of labour is cheap.
Below is the cost of strawberry farming per hectare in Nigeria:
Rent of one hectare farmland: ₦25,000
Clearing, Ploughing and Harrowing: ₦50,000
Drip Irrigation: ₦625,000
Irrigation: ₦250,000 – ₦600,000 (Optional)
Fertilizers and Manure: ₦20,000 – ₦100,000 (Depending on soil fertility)
Factors that can affect the cost of strawberry farming per hectare in Nigeria
The following factors can affect the cost of strawberry farming per hectare in Nigeria:
Variety of Strawberry Seeds
The variety of strawberry seeds to be planted can affect the cost of strawberry farming. The cost of local strawberry variety grown in Vom, Plateau state is far less cheaper than the cost of imported strawberry seeds.
Time of the year
It is cheaper to grow strawberry in the rainy season as irrigation is not usually needed. In the dry season, irrigation is needed for the planting of strawberry. The use of irrigation systems can be costly but advantageous as it increases yield.
Pests and Diseases
The incidences of pests and diseases can be a determinant in the cost of strawberry farming in Nigeria. If the strawberry farm has a high intensity of pests and diseases attack, the cost of strawberry farming will be high.
Poor soil requires manure and fertilizers. The cost of fertilizers can significantly increase the overall cost of strawberry farming in Nigeria.
The cost of labour in the northern part of Nigeria is lesser than the cost of labour in the southern part of Nigeria. This is due to the fact that poverty is endemic in the northern part of Nigeria.
The Use of Fertilizers
Strawberry farmers in Nigeria use a lot of fertilizers. The use of fertilizer can significantly increase the cost of strawberry farming.
About Strawberry Farming
Strawberry farming is the process of planting strawberry for the purpose of harvesting the matured strawberries for domestic, commercial and industrial uses.
Strawberry farming involves all the processes associated with the growing of strawberry. These processes include getting the seeds, land preparation, planting, maintenance of the strawberry plants, harvesting and marketing of the produce.
Strawberry is a temperate crop. Strawberry can only do well in temperate areas. This is why almost all the strawberry farmers in Nigeria grow the crop in Plateau State. Plateau state has a quasi-temperate climatic condition.
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