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How To Start A Lucrative Fertilizer Business In Nigeria

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Fertilizer

The Issue of Discussion today (Fertilizers) are materials of ordinary or artificial derivation which is typically smeared into soil or plant genomes to stream one or more plant nutrients essential to the growth of plants.

The use of fertilizers have greatly increased among farmers because of the many benefits which include:

  • Increase in crop yield
  • It helps in improving poor quality lands
  • Crops grown with fertilizers grow faster, especially when hybrid seeds are used
  • The livestock also benefit when the pastures are improved
  • Once marshland is drained, fertilizers can help reclaim that land for pasture

 

Fertilizer business is rapidly growing as more individuals are gaining interest in the agricultural sector. For example, in the rural sector, agriculture and agriculture-related activities contribute to about 75% of the general incomes.

The world uses over 85 million 85 million tons of fertilizer a year just on cereal crops such as paddy, wheat and corn, paddy.

Types of fertilizer in Nigeria

There are different forms and types of fertilizers, and you need to understand what your plant is lacking before deciding on which one to apply.

Below are the different types of fertilizers you should know as a farmer:

  • Nitrogen fertilizers: Nitrogen (N) is the plant nutrient responsible for growth and it’s very useful in fertilizers, especially during the middle stages of a plant’s lifespan. At this stage, it needs enough ‘motivation’ to grow large and develop leaves.
  • Phosphate fertilizers: Phosphorous (P) is also vital to the growth of your crops. These can be seen in almost every living cell and involved in several key plant functions, including energy transfer, photosynthesis, transformation of sugars and starches and others.

Deficiency of phosphorous in plants will lead to a stunted growth in the early stages of the plant’s development.

  • Potassium fertilisers: Potassium (K) helps in the development of plant roots and also protects the plants from harm when they’re deprived of other nutrients. Looking at photosynthetic processes, potassium regulates the opening and closing of stomata, and therefore regulates CO2 uptake.

Archetypal symptoms of potassium deficiency in plants include brown scorching and curling of leaf tips as well as chlorosis (yellowing) between leaf veins. Leaves will eventually die off if the deficiency continues.

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Forms of fertilizer

Fertilizers come in three forms; in liquid, granular and powder.

  • Liquid fertilizers: Liquid fertilizers are often diluted with water. before use. You spread them on the plants the same way you water your gardens, usually with a hose attachment.

One of the benefits of liquid fertilizer is that because the liquid penetrates the soil immediately, thereby giving plants faster access to the nutrients.

  • Powdered fertilizers: Powdered fertilizers also need water to be productive. In fact, most liquid fertilizers are made up of powder and granular ingredients.

One advantage of the powdered fertilizer is that it can preserved for a longer time. It is also cost effective, and easier to be shipped across locations.

  • Granular fertilizers: This is a fertilizer that is dry and is a tiny pellet form. It is spreadable and should be measured. It can come in both a natural and synthetic form.

They can easily be spread on the top soil. These nutrient pack granules will be soaked into your garden over time as you water it.

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How to start a fertilizer distribution company

If you’re planning on how to start a fertilizer distribution company in Nigeria, the below steps will show you all you need to know:

  • Write a business plan

As you’re business will be needing a good amount of money, writing a business plan will help in convincing lenders and investors that your business is worth putting their money into.

Your business plan will contain the future of your business; your plans and how you intend achieving them.

For example, will you be selling both organic and chemical fertilizers or just one of them? What areas will your business be covering? How do you intend competing with already established distributors?

You can find out more by reading our article on the step by step guide on how to write a professional business.

  • Acquire the necessary licences for running a fertilizer distribution business

There are laws guiding the operations of businesses in every country. If you’d be running your business in Nigeria, you’ll first have to register your business name with the necessary bodies. There are many benefits of registering your business name, especially if you’d be interesting in seeking for business funding in the later run.

Whether a grant or a loan from a government institution or financial body, you’d be required to present your CAC certificate to prove that your business is legal in Nigeria.

  • Find suppliers to partner with

There are various ways of getting suppliers. For instance, you can talk with local farmers to know the brands of fertilizers they use. After which you’d contact the suppliers to begin negotiating to see if you both can agree on a price.

Alternatively, you can with your local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau. There are also a number of free business listing websites in Nigeria that you can visit to place a quick search.

  • Buy/rent the necessary equipment and building

You’ll be needing an office and a computer at your house. Depending on your scale, you might also be needing a truck to convey the fertilizers to your customers and a warehouse for storing your inventory.

While running the business, also remember to keep the environment safe from pollution. Endeavour to follow the careful storage and handling policies to avoid polluting the local water supply.

  • Advertise your goods

At this stage, you’d need to make people know of your business. You can contact businesses or individuals with discounts and other incentives as first time customers.

You can also consider taking your business online by having an official website. It is very affordable and will help you reach more potential customers at very affordable rates.

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How To Prepare Appetizing Peppered Snail

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How To Prepare Appetizing Peppered Snail

Snails have a tender texture and simple taste & absorb easily in any type of sauce you prepare them in. On this post, you will be taught how to prepare appetizing peppered snail.

How To Prepare Appetizing Peppered Snail

Recipe

  • 6 Medium scotch bonnet pepper
  • 4 Medium tomatoes
  • 1 Medium onions
  • 1 Slice green bell pepper
  • 4 Extra-large snails
  • Curry powder
  • Seasoning
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Ugu leaves

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Procedure

  • How you wash your snails matters a lot. Your snail should be high-pitched spotless without mucus or odor.
  • Once you unshell the snail, wash off the first mucus off with alum twice before adding Garri on it and use the Garri to scrub every angle of the snail appropriately.
  • Throw out the Garri and wash the snail with clean water.
  • Pour the snail in a pot and add water before placing on the fire to boil
  • Throw out the water after boiling for 5 minutes,
  • Take away the snail and wash properly. After which you add salt to it and scrub properly. This is to avoid the odor linked with the snail
  • Pour the snail into a clean pot with water and pour little of the chopped onion, salt, seasoning and little curry powder then let it cook for 30-35minutes
  • Remove the snail from the stock after 35minutes,
  • Fry the snail
  • Blend the peppers tomato and left over onions then boil
  • Boil until the mixture is totally dried but not burnt
  • Drop a pan on the fire with vegetable oil and allow it to get hot
  • Add in the boiled tomato fry for 2minutes before adding salt, seasoning and little curry powder
  • Pour a little sliced Ugu leaf and fry up for 6 seconds
  • Add the hot fried snail and continue stir frying for 1 minute (the snail should go immediately into the pepper sauce immediately as its taken off the hot oil. this will let the pepper sauce enter the snail making it more delicious)

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How To Make Kuli Kuli (German Stone)

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How To Make Kuli Kuli (German Stone)

Kuli kuli is a West African Snack that is mainly derived from groundnut. The Nupe people of Nigeria were the first to make it. Kuli kuli is also known as German stones, the rock or peanut balls. On this post, we will learn how to make Kuli kuli (German stone)

Kuli kuli is frequently consumed alone or with a combination of cassava flakes. It is usually molded into various shapes and traded in see-through nylons and it remains a snack to eat any day, anytime.

How To Make Kuli Kuli (German Stone)

Recipe

  • 2 cups of groundnut
  • Groundnut oil and a tea spoon of ground pepper
  • ½ spoon of ginger powder
  • Potash (Optional)
  • Kitchen Utensils and Appliances Needed
  • food processor
  • Non sticky frying pot
  • Muslin cloth
  • Plastic bowl

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Procedure

  • Pour the groundnuts and ginger into the powerful food processor, and set to rotate until the nuts are almost turning to a pastry form.
  • Scoop the pasty nut into a clean and dry muslin cloth and press out the oil as much as you can. Don’t anticipate seeing a lot of oil. This step is very important as it decides how crispy the kulikuli will be.
  • Add the compressed peanut into a plastic bowl, pour the powdered pepper.
  • Combine the parts using your fingers and outline using your palms to your desired size.
  • Drop the non-sticky pan on cooker and pour enough groundnut oil to fry the balls. You can also add potash and onion to provide flavor into the oil but it is optional.
  • Before the temperature of the oil arrives a frying point, pour the shaped balls into it and keep turning until all sides of the balls transforms to brown.
  • Bring out the kuli kuli into a plate and let it cool.

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How To Prepare Isi-Ewu (Goat Head Soup)

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How To Prepare Isi-Ewu Goat Head Soup

Isi ewu, goat head soup is a dish from Igbo land of Eastern Nigeria. Just like Nkwobi (cow foot), Isi ewu is more tasty for the addition of the fatty brain of the goat. On this post, you will learn how to prepare isi-ewu (goat head soup)

How To Prepare Isi-Ewu (Goat Head Soup)

Recipe

  • One goat head
  • 2 Onions
  • 2-3 roasted calabash nutmeg,
  • 4 pieces of habanero peppers (Ata rodo),
  • Seasoning cubes
  • Salt to taste.
  • 200ml of Palm oil
  • Water
  • Thyme, curry and potash (Kaun)
  • Ground crayfish
  • Utazi leaves

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Note: The utazi leaf is added to enhance some bitter taste to the Isi-Ewu whereas potash (kaun) is added to make the palm oil thicken up.

Preparations

  • Chop your goat head into tiny bits .
  • Rinse the whole meat properly after using foam and hard sponge to scrub dirt mainly in the ears and tongue part.
  • Rinse and cut the fresh utazi leaves into little pieces
  • Soak a tea spoon of potash or kaun in a little quantity of water and allow it melt properly before filtering the water
  • Rind, rinse and cut one onion into ring shape and keep aside.
  • Grind the onion and pepper into pasty form. pour just a small quantity of water if it’s necessary you want to grind.
  • Drop the goat meat portions into a big pot and place on a cooker
  • Pour a little quantity of water sufficient to cook the meat, because there is no need for stock water.
  • Pour the two cube seasonings, each spoon of thyme and curry & cook for at least 20 minutes.
  • Add salt and let it cook for up to 10 minutes. When the meat pieces are soft enough, keep separately
  • In a different pot, pour palm oil, the sieved water of potash gently into the pot containing palm oil and mix using a wooden spatula until the oil goes totally yellow.
  • Pour 2 table spoons of crayfish and mix.
  • Pour the grounded (Ehu seeds) calabash nut Meg, grinded onions and pepper (to taste) and a small amount of sliced utazi leaves.
  • Pour the prepared goat head meat bits into this mixture and mix properly.
  • Allow it cook for little minutes under low temperature until it is intensely hot.

In most Nigerian eateries, Isi Ewu is served in a calabash or any woody material with a little amount of onion and some portions of fresh Utazi leaves on it. This makes it very natural and colorful.

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