Foundation for Young Farmers

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By CHARLES WOKABI
Posted  Wednesday, February 29  2012 at  17:11

His insatiable passion for agriculture led him to farming as a part-time income-boosting activity last year. On his three-quarter acre piece of land, Mr Ngugi built a 20-by-21 square metre greenhouse by last December and sowed the Anna F1 tomato variety, known for high productivity.

He spent about Sh550,000 on the greenhouse structure, agro-chemicals and the set up of a 70,000-litre capacity rain water harvesting system as his farm does not have piped water.

After planting in December, the crop will be harvested in March and will go on for the next eight months. He expects to earn a gross income of about Sh1.5 million in the first season.

Ngugi also plans to plant 1,000 seedlings of water melon in August, which he projects will earn him Sh100,000 in three months. By then, he hopes to have expanded his water…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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