Agriculture is arguably the best form of generating wealth out of nature, and the place of farmers in the economy remains quite indispensable. However, there is an emerging class of farmers called smart farmers who have learned the principles of making greater fortunes out of greenies and veggies without necessarily exerting their brawns or going through the toils experienced by the traditional farmers — they are calculative individuals and stakeholders in Agricultural real estate, and they are whom the Marxists might choose to pigeonhole as bourgeoisie farmers. This class of farmers however have well justified roles in capital intensive mechanized farming which rapidly facilitates the modern practice of agricultural real estate.
Agricultural real estate is the new order. Advancement in science and technology has made it quite possible for people to simply designate lands and put up structures on them to actualize large scale produce from farming activities with minimal human efforts. The days when the lots of farmers are overtly determined by nature are long gone. With the advent of greenhouse technology, you don’t have to wait until summer before delving into that tomatoes or vegetable plantation. As a matter of fact, if you get your recipes right as a vegetable farmer, you will have a successful yield or harvest twice in a year as a cycle of vegetables takes roughly six months or less. More importantly, since vegetables are universal staple crops there is a subsisting market that readily converts your produce into a flowing cash.
There has since been a Paradigm shift from labour intensive farming to capital intensive farming driven by greenhouse technology, hence, a culture lag is definitely what you have to avoid be it you are an existing farmer or an aspiring one.
A greenhouse is a structure traditionally made of glass or polyethylene in which plants are grown and which protects the plants from direct encounter with the elements. The use of greenhouse in farming became a necessity as efforts of farmers were constantly being put to nought by elements of nature such as wind, heavy rain and other likely problems such as invasion by pests and herbivore animals or theft by human beings. The adoption of greenhouse technology in farming activities has undeniably inspired better opportunities in farming and greater productivity and efficiency among farmers. Having a cluster of greenhouses on an expansive piece of arable land solely for agricultural or farming purposes is what can be termed Agricultural real estate.
At a technical capacity building workshop on the export of vegetables to the United Kingdom organised and sponsored by the Nigerian Exporting Promotion Council (NEPC) at the Ibadan Business School, Nigeria on Tuesday, 23rd July 2019, one of the guest speakers, Mr Ademola, a Nigerian producer and exporter of vegetables and Managing Director at Boosh Produce Global Ltd., described how his firm witnessed a significant turning point after incorporating the practice of Agricultural real estate and environmentally controlled farming. According to him, over two million people demand for vegetables every year in the UK alone and his firm now prides itself as one of the thriving exporters of vegetables from Africa to the UK with a production capacity of about 240 tonnes per annum. According to Mrs. Esther Ola, a tomato producer and marketer from Nigeria, ”practicing environmentally controlled farming, such as using greenhouse technology to grow crops has become imperative to farmers, especially contract farmers.”
The cost of a low-tech greenhouse in Nigeria ranges between 1.4 million naira and 1.9 million naira, while a high-tech greenhouse can take approximately 8 million naira to set up. Greenhouses can be very user friendly and it is quite possible to have your greenhouse(s) set up at the comfort of your homestead depending on the latitude of its space and the luxury of its earth. However, this can be very costly especially if you do not intend taking up farming as a full time occupation. Thus, contracting your greenhouses to specialists in agricultural real estate will not only save you time and resources but will also facilitate the marketing of your farm produce and guarantee your returns on investments.
Farmkonnect Agribusiness Nigeria Ltd, a fast growing agro-based company in Nigeria and one of the largest producers of catfish in Africa, offers you the opportunity to own a greenhouse at its Wave city farm in Waasimi, Ekiti state or its Imove clusters in Imo state, Nigeria with just 1.2 million naira per slot and make a return on investment of 500, 000 naira per cycle ( every six months) for fifteen years. This is followed by several other benefits such as an insurance cover and management of your greenhouses by Farmkonnect Nigeria. Investors can own as many greenhouses as possible on the farms without having to bother about their conditions and productivity as Farmkonnect Nigeria will assume full responsibility over running of the greenhouses to ascertain the expected Returns on Investment for the investors. This avails the investors the opportunity to face their other business endeavors or primary occupations while they maintain the status of smart farmers. Farmkonnect Nigeria generally aims to create wealth and wider opportunities for as many people that are willing to invest in Agriculture as well as to promote food security and empower youths and women through environmentally controlled farming.
Are you thinking smart farming already? Invest in and own your greenhouse with FarmKonnect Nigeria today and make good fortunes for the next fifteen years and more.