I woke up a few weeks to the birth of my second child to the news that I was having issues over a land I payed a year leave for. you can’t begin to imagine the horror I felt that day, considering I was thousands of miles away from home. I couldn’t do anything about it and I had to rely on the information I gathered from the person who was helping me run things in my absence.
I was petrified, I didn’t know what to do because, I could not return back home, hell I was about to put to bed and I could not afford the luxury of being stressed out. We had leased the land for a year, since we failed at planting the watermelons in march, I quickly decided to plant cassava since i would be away for a long time and wont require too much intensive care.
so, we got the workers on the farm made heaps and I travelled only to be called that morning that the workers had been stopped from planting any crop that will take more than three months to be harvested. I was confused, had purchased the cassava stems, the workers that been paid for the heaps and planting of the stems.
Imagine the anxiety I felt every time I received a call from home, especially when it was from my farm manager, I knew it was going to be another story of some sorts that complicated an already unpleasant situation. I know for certain now, that when you newly Venture into any line of business, you must always be on ground for the first few months of the business to ensure that things are running smoothly. I cannot say how much losses I recorded.
However,We tried to salvage the situation by planting maize,they didn’t do badly but the profit margins were so ooooo low. I’ve been torn between staying away from farming, I really don’t know about how I feel right now but I’m thankful for my cucumbers, lady finger okra and pumpkin veggies they made me proud.
Going forward exploring meat production or other value chain in agriculture. Who knows crop farming might not be for me. Inspite of our losses, still we rise. Ciao!