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How to start a profitable Tomato Farming Business- 8 Steps

Tomato farming is a culture of growing tomatoes. Tomato farming came into life after it was discovered in Southern and Eastern Africa. Fortunately, it is now a very profitable agriculture angle in Africa. Many Farmers have massive investments in Agriculture as well.

Tomatoes, a very fruitful and well-used food crop grown. Belonging to the vitamin class of the food. With the strong flavour it poses to food, it can never be pushed aside in the daily consumption of humans. Also, it enhances the growth of the body. 

That being said, many people, no matter the race, pay for tomatoes. Whereas the number of farmers and investors in this industry is just going down. If you can join today, you can become part of a very productive tomato farming business. Even without a lot of capital, you can start today. 

Once you start with your available capital, you can earn as much from your tomato farm. You won’t need to continue to take your work so hard unlike other farming techniques. You can even make it your side hustle because tomato farming is one of the easiest and untapped Agric. businesses.

As long as you are in some specified places in Nigeria, you can make as much as possible depending on how ready you are for the tomato farming business. 

Places such as:

1 Kebbi

2. Bauchi

3. Kano

4. Taraba

5. Jigawa 

6. Sokoto 

7. Katsina 

8. Kaduna 

Similarly, you have to note that there are several species of tomato that you can go for depending on your available space and model of soil. This will be outlined subsequently in this article. 

How To Start Tomato Farming

Tomato farming is just very easy to start. It doesn’t require any guru knowledge in agriculture. Just for you to drop the seeds in the soil and be keen on monitoring. Of course, some issues might come up and that is the reason we will be giving you the detailed steps to having a profitable tomato farm. 

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1. Get a Productive and Suitable Site For Growing Tomatoes

Find a good and healthy site for the planting of your tomatoes. A suitable and healthy site gives the perfect impression and yield for your tomatoes. Make sure the site has perfect soil that will enhance the growth of the tomatoes. 

Most tomatoes thrive very well in well-drained loamy soil with a pH of 6-7. Plus a high humus content to support the growth of the tomatoes.  

2. Choose The Ideal Tomato Species For Your Soil

As stated, there are several varieties of tomatoes. These tomato varieties are the basis of what your yield will be like. Sometimes, a particular variety of tomatoes will not grow adequately in certain regions.

( -species are the biological varieties of different tomatoes-).

However, in Nigeria, the common variety of tomatoes cultivated is the Roma tomato. Roma tomato is a type that looks plum because of its slender and firm nature. It adapts to all the environmental and climatic factors here in Nigeria.

In case of necessity, the other species of tomatoes are:

Pear tomato

Cherry tomato

Campari tomato

Grapes tomato

Beefsteak tomato and many others.

3. Start Planting The Tomatoes

Once you have successfully chosen the species that works best for your site. You can now move to the section of planting and cultivation of the tomatoes.

At first, you have to build a solid nursery foundation for your tomato. Their preliminary stage survives in the nursery. It might take about 5 weeks until you can transplant it to the secondary farm. 

4. Transplant Your Tomatoes 

After this nursery planting, the next thing to do is to transplant your tomato to the normal farm. This requires you to carefully uproot the tomato. After which you can transfer to the moist, loose farm soil.

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5. Carry Out Your Planting Operation

Planting operations include the weeding, adding organic manure and fertilizer, irrigation, pest and disease of your tomato farm. This is where you need to make sure that it does not lack main survival nutrients and characters.

6. Harvest Your Tomatoes

After 3 months, your tomatoes are ready for harvest. The time to make your money is very close. The bright red colour of the tomatoes will show you their state. This time, you can ask labourers for help during harvest (if you have a big farm that you can’t work on alone).

7. Give Them Adequate Storage

The necessary storage system is very important to prevent them from diseases and pests. The tomatoes should be stored in cartons or wooden baskets and kept in a room of about 12°C and relative humidity of 88%.

8. Market Your Tomatoes

You can sell your tomatoes at retail or wholesale prices. You can even register your farm on OFarms.ng as a certified

tomato farmer.

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I am Israel Otoijamun, the Founder of Ofarms.ng. I am a blogger, web and graphics designer, brand manager, product manager and farmer. I have interests in crypto currency, technology, business and agriculture.

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