2 Smart Money-Making Tips On Farming

2 Smart Money-Making Tips On Farming
2 Smart Money-Making Tips On Farming
Many farmers have the problem of marketing their harvest. One strategy is to rent a stall in the public market.

FARMING is a business and it is just like any other business. If you are smart, you can make money. If not, you can even lose your shirt.

Well, here are a couple of smart money-making tips in farming. They could inspire you, and who knows, you might also get rich in farming.

1.READ, LISTEN AND CIRCULATE – How’s that? You have to read agricultural publications, listen to radio programs on farming, and attend seminars, trade fairs, farm tours and the like. You can pick up bright ideas from these activities that can make you well off.

One example is Benito Magaling of Lipa City. He used to be a big-time raiser of hogs and poultry but was losing a lot of money because of the high cost of feeds and medicines.

He happened to read the story that we wrote about the very prolific Django finger pepper developed by East-West Seed Company. He gave up his livestock and poultry projects and shifted to producing Django pepper, a ‘pangsigang’ variety.

When we interviewed him, he was so proud in telling us that the two hectares that he planted in the month of June gave him a daily harvest of two tons of fruits from August to early January the following year. He got an average of P50 per kilo which means he grossed P100,000 every day from August to early January.

He also had a smart way of harvesting two tons a day. He divided the two hectares into seven parcels, and harvested from each lot daily. To harvest two tons in less than a day, he hired 20 women pickers, each one just harvesting 100 kilos.

2 Smart Money-Making Tips On Farming
RONALD COSTALES leads in organic farming, agritourism and technology transfer.

 Here is another success story. It’s how a seminar gave birth to the No.1 agri-tourism destination today – the Costales Nature Farms in Majayjay, Laguna.

Ronald Costales is an IT engineer who opted to retire early and enjoy life on the farm. He will tell you that he knew nothing about farming when he decided to buy a small property in Majayjay. In fact, a neighbor was amused when he saw Ronald planting his ampalaya as if he was planting peanuts. So he suggested that he attend a seminar that was given by a producer of organic fertilizer.

Ronald attended the seminar all right. And he won a sack of organic fertilizer raffled at the end of the seminar. He applied the organic fertilizer to his ampalaya and the result was very good. That set him to do his research on organic farming. He attended other seminars, joined farm tours, farm visits, harvest festivals and the like. He also went to train on the use of effective microorganisms in Thailand.

Today, he is about the most successful organic farmer that we know.

2.RENT A STALL IN THE PUBLIC MARKET –  The most common problem of many farmers is how to market what they produce. A smart farmer that we interviewed in Cagayan de Oro had a simple solution. He rented a small space in the public market for P14 a day. And that’s where his wife sold their daily harvest of upland kangkong.

He was making money at the time of our interview. Every three days, he planted one kilo kangkong seeds costing him P250. That one kilo of seeds produced P3,000 worth of leafy harvest in a matter of 25 days, all sold through the market stall.

Here’s another one. Long before Typhoon Yolanda struck Tacloban, we interviewed a farm entrepreneur who produced various vegetables, eggs and pork. He rented a big space in the public market manned by his wife and daughter-in-law. All the harvests from the farm were sold in that rented space. They sold at least P2,500 every day. That was a big amount in those days. The peso still had a high value.

2 Smart Money-Making Tips On Farming
One poultryman solved his marketing problem by renting space in a busy market.

And here’s another fellow who saw the wisdom of renting a space in a busy market. The fellow had a big poultry farm in Cavite. For many years, he supplied the requirements of a big hospital headed by a relative. The problem was that the hospital was very slow in paying. The cashier would often tell him to come back another day.

Then he decided to rent a big space in a busy market somewhere in Zapote. When we talked to him, he was so happy for having rented a space there. He said that egg distributors who pay cash are most of his customers. He just brought all his daily production to the market and did not have to pass through traffic delivering his eggs to Manila.

Well, here are just a couple of tips you might want to try. There are so many other tips or ideas we can share. But for the meantime, we’ll just reserve them for some other time.

 

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  1. what i just read from your tips are too interesting and useful ideas very useful for us who loves to farm but know nothing…thanks for the learnings and more power

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