Its April and the rainy season is gradually creeping in on us!
Time to get our raincoats, boots, and umbrellas out of our closet because the fields are about to get really wet!
The rainy season in Nigeria differs from one region to the other. It starts in the south and travels northward with most parts of the country seeing the most rain in April, May, June or July. The month of July to August is said to be the wettest in most parts of Nigeria as it comes with drastic flood most times.
While this is an exciting time for most farmers, some still frown at this season because too much rain and too much humidity can really spell trouble especially for farmers who plant pumpkins, grapes, peaches, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Excess moisture for any of these fruit crops can have a detrimental effect on the taste and flavor.
Notwithstanding, rainy season can be really exciting with or without being on the farm especially when there are activities you could get involved in to keep you engaged and productive.
In this article, we have highlighted 8 of these activities you might want to try out during this season. Let’s get right in!
- Plant A New Crop: Just like other occupations, farmers have no day off. When the sun sets in, they go out to the field to plant, harvest and dry up their farm produce when necessary and when it begins to rain, they either choose to get involved in other activities or plant a new crop. There are a limitless number of crops that require lots of water for growth. Examples of these are rice, vegetables, maize, soybeans, groundnut etc. You do not have to fold your arms and wait for the season to go away. You can get your tools together and start planting.
- Time For PaperWork: This is specifically for those in the agric-business. The rainy season is a good time to visit and clear off all the farm paperwork that has been on hold over time. This is the best time to work on your crop insurance paperwork to ensure your farms and crops are protected.
- Sharpen Your Tools: What better time to sharpen all your tools than the rainy season where more time would be spent indoors. This is the time to fix pieces of machinery that are broken and sharpen blunt edges of other work tools. During this season, however, farmers must provide a perfect shade for these work tools especially those that are likely to go rusted when exposed to rainfall.
- Time To Research and Learn: In the words of Alvin Toffler, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn” Learning should never stop! The rainy season which would most likely be spent indoors is a great opportunity to learn new farming techniques, methods and ways you can make farming easier and better to ensure maximum growth and harvest at the end of each crop cycle. It is also the best time to research on the best kind of agric-business you would need to start up or perfect ways to monetize your already growing farm. Unlearning old and archaic methods and adopting new means of technology for farming should be taken into consideration.
- Start Over: You might have failed in the first few months of farming and possibly trying to convince yourself that farming is not for you. We understand how this can be. The rainy season provides the best opportunity for you to read and research on the kind of food crops suitable for your soil type and best ways to cultivate the crops. In the words of Carl Bard“ Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending”. Do not quit farming just yet, you can start all over!
- Plan and Prepare: It is always best to plan ahead for whatever you have to do. Farming requires you plan and prepare ahead of the planting season for your crops. This is the time to plan how to run the crop cycle from start to finish. Even when the rains try to stop you from stepping out to buy the necessary tools or fertilizers needed, get a notepad, workbook or Ipad and jot down all you would need as well as the steps needed to grow the crop from .
- Go Shopping: As you prepare and get involved in other activities during this season, it is best you add shopping for new pieces of machinery and equipment to your itinerary. Search for modern and affordable equipment that would make farming easier for you.
- Protect Your Farm: Like the saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure”. It can be terribly bad to have your farm destroyed or have your crops washed away by flood or erosion this season. Most of the damage during excess rainfall is caused by waterlogging. To prevent this, simply construct barricades or contours to prevent flooding or erosion on your farm. Creating boreholes to channel and preserve excess water is also a great idea too.
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Sponsor A Farm: Another way to stay productive during this season is to sponsor a farm right from the comfort of your home and get healthy returns after harvest using our farmcrowdy app. Sponsoring a farm provides an opportunity to empower a farmer and still earn healthy returns after harvest without getting really involved.
Our maize farms are still available for sponsorship. Grab this amazing oppourtunity to empower a farmer and still earn healthy returns by visiting our farm shop here.