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23 BENEFITS OF QUAIL FARMING

  • Few years ago, about 5 years to be précised, quail farming was at its top but as the years goes by its popularity went down and the number of farmers participating in the breading of quail for egg and for its meat went down drastically. This can be linked to many factors, among the factors are lack of technical knowhow, availability of resources which is mostly is as a result of funds (capital) and poor sanitation, etc.Before discussing about commercial quail farming business proper, lets first explain ‘what is quail farming?’ Quail farming means raising quails commercially, (like other poultry birds) for the major purpose of profitable eggs and meat production.

    Contrary to what people generally believed, quail farming business is very easy to do, it is lucrative and enjoyable. It’s very easy to maintain a quail farm, because quails are among the smallest species of poultry birds. They are easy to maintain because they are not susceptible to disease like other poultry birds.

    According to history of quail birds breeding, the Japanese scientists were the first to tame the wild quails, study them and revealed the best practices in raising them as domestic birds. Commercial quail farming in Japan has spread tremendously.

    Now, people all over the world are executing quail farming business commercially for the purpose of meat and egg production.

    Quail farming is very profitable like other farming ventures, such as chicken, turkey or duck farming business. Almost all types of weather conditions are suitable for starting quail farming business. Although they need about 14 to about 18hours of light to lay eggs maximally.

    Apart from monetary potentials, meat and eggs of quail are very tasty and nutritious. Quail eggs are very nutritious than other poultry eggs. For the reason that quail eggs contain relatively more protein, phosphorus, iron, vitamin A, B1 and B2.

  • Below are some benefits of quail farming:
  • Quails are smaller sized poultry birds, and it’s very easy to handle them. The main benefits of starting quail farming business are listed below.
  • Quails are smaller sized bird, so they can be raised within small place.
  • Feeding cost of quails is comparatively lower than chickens or other poultry birds.
  • Quails can be raised along with your other poultry birds for meat or eggs production.
  • Diseases are less in quails, and they are very hardy.
  • Quails grow very fast and gain maturity faster than any other poultry birds.
  • They start laying eggs within their 6 to 7 weeks of age.
  • It takes about 16 to 18 days to hatch their eggs.
  • Meat and eggs of quail are very tasty, delicious and nutritious. So it’s a great source of food and nutrition. Quail farming can play a vital role to meet up the demand of food and nutrition.
  • Quail farming needs small capital, and labor cost is very low.
  • Quails can be raised successfully in commercial method. Some people have already started commercial quail farming business.
  • Quails are very strong bird and diseases or other health problems are less. So risks are less in this business.
  • Quail meat contains less fat. So, it is suitable for high blood pressure patients.
  • Their food to meat or eggs converting efficiency is satisfactory. They can produce one kg meat or eggs by consuming three kg food.
  • You can raise 6 to 7 quails in the same place that is required for one chicken.
  • As the quail eggs are smaller in size, so the price is also lower than other bird’s egg. As a result, all types of people can buy quail eggs and you can easily sell the eggs.
  • As the primary costs are less, so you can start this business with a very little investment.
  • You can raise about 6 to 8 quails within 0.91 square meter area.
  • As it is a lucrative business venture, so commercial quail farming business can be a great source of income and employment for the unemployed educated people. Even, you can start raising a few quails along with your current profession.
  • Quail eggs has been used in the management of many chronic diseases, among them are hypertension, Gastric Ulcers, diabetes, Arthritis, Cancer, Anemia, sickle cell, fertility problem, post-menopausal issue, boost sexual potency both in men and women, Bronchitis, Chronic Stress and even HIV.
  • Quail droppings can be converted and used for crop fertilization on the farm.
  • Also quail egg shells can be treated, grinded and can be used as calcium supplement for animal feeds. This turn cut down the need to purchase other expensive form of calcium supplement during feed mixing.
  • As a small quail farmer who is planning on expanding into commercial form of agriculture, you can invest in small incubator for mass production of quail chicks in order to reduce the cost of buying or sourcing from other farmer at a very expensive price.

 

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10 MULTIPLE STREAM OF INCOME EVERY FARMER SHOULD EXPLORE

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Multiple stream of income is achievable for every farmer. The joy of farming is fulfilled when a farmer has the ability to earn from just a single source on his farm. Farming is lucrative to the extent that everything on your farm can fetch you additional income. e.g. as a crop producer, the husk, bran gotten as a waste material after dehusking or threshing your grains can serve as animal feed. Secondly, they are also a source of fuel for other process on the farm.

Having more than one stream of income as a farmer, save you from many unexpected financial woes. Your ability to make money from many sources gives you the opportunity to enjoy the many benefit has to offer as a farmer. Below is a list of other sources of income you can explore as a farmer while maintaining your original farm work:

  • Convert waste to wealth: the enormous waste generated on the farm is a good source of income. If you are involved in cattle rearing or poultry farming for example, the droppings produced by these animals can be converted to cooking gas by the use of a digester while the remaining waste from the process can serve as manure on your vegetable farm.
  • Garden farming: this kind of farming is not rampant in Nigeria Like the western world. As an animal farmer you can create for yourself another source of incomes by engaging in garden farming.

Harness the manure produced by your animals to fertilize your garden and the stems of your harvested vegetable can also serve as food for your animals. Your harvest can be sold to be sold to your neighbors or in your local market for extra and instant cash.

  • Consultancy: there are many questions in your line of expertise that people need answer to. You might have answers to many of such question. As a farmer who is sure of the quality of knowledge he has, can offer such knowledge for a fee.

There are people out there who plan to start up one agricultural venture or the other, if you are vast and have the know-how to their challenges the consulting for those people will add extra cash to your pocket.

  • Coaching and training: I have a farmer friend who is an expert in this aspect. He is a cassava farmer with broad experience in his line of trade. He has a registered school with a well-seasoned set of tutors to train people on how to farm (Practically) as well as teaching them business aspect of agriculture alongside.

Secondly, if you don’t have the capacity to run a school of such magnitude, you can simply opt for the one on one option. In this case all you have to do is to train one person at a time. This option tends to produce maximum result since all your attention is focused on one person at a time. This source of income can make you good money if you know how to run and maintain the school.

  • Seminar and workshop: unlike the coaching school idea, seminars and workshop are less strenuous to organize and the time involvedness is quiet short. To organize a seminar or workshop, a venue or a hall is required. The size of the hall you picked should be determined by the number of people you planned or you expecting to cut down or maximize cost.

Seminars and workshop are usually run within a day or more, even weeks; all these and other factors are dependent on what you have to offer. But ensure that the organization of the seminars or workshop do not hinder the operation of your original business.

  • Sells and distribution of farm inputs: at the beginning of every planting season, farmers, especially new ones seek for where to purchase inputs for their farms. This inputs can be inform of seedlings, stems, even fertilizers. You can offer people this service and bank their money with ease.

To do this all you need do is to locate the farmers leaving within your vicinity or better still pay personal visit to this farmers or people ask of their needs and assure them of your ability to meet their demand when the need arise probably at the same price they will get it from the market

  • Direct services: there are many direct services you can offer as a farmer especially if you have other skills which can be made used of on the farm. Skills like carpentry, ironworks, welder, construction, equipment repairs, equipment operator etc. are some of the most needed skills wanted on the farms. If you have this skill, you can sell it out to other farmers once you are less busy on your own farm.
  • Middle man: many farmers especially in Nigeria lose a high percent their produce simply because they were not able to sell it out on time. This problem has been one of the major challenges facing agricultural production in Africa as a whole.

This problem is caused by many reasons which I will not like to analysis here. The good news is that every problem or challenges present its own opportunities. The fact that a particular produce is wasting here does not mean it’s not in high demand somewhere else.

All you need to do is to search for those in need of these produce; once you can establish a contact and stroke a bargain then you can go and purchase these produce or get the demanded amount to the people who needs and then you can pocket the gain. But ensure you know the market value of the produce, the amount the farmer is willing to offer you the produce and the amount the buyer is willing to offer you as well.

  • Rentals of Agro-equipment: this is another nice business to indulge in if you have the ability to fund it. Without doubt the price of procuring agricultural machineries is quite on the high side. But if you can then you can place the equipment on rentals to farmers who needs it for their agricultural works.

Lack of agricultural machineries on the farm contributes to the reason why many farmers can’t go into commercial production. But once people around you know you have this equipment on rentals they can hire them from you at a fixed price to use it or a fixed number of hours as well.

These same machines can serve you as well on your farm. All you need to do is to employ an operator who will be in charge of the operation and maintenance of your equipment as well.

  • Processing and packaging: apart from the inability of farmers to convey their goes to the market or sell it on time, another factor that contribute to the high level of food damage in Nigeria is the inability of farmers to process and package their harvest. Growing a crop is one thing but the ability of the farmer to process his produce into semi-finished goods is another ball game entirely.

You as a farmer can look into this problem and provide a solution to it. If you can find a way to convert raw agricultural produce into a semi-finished goods this will curb waste and their by increase your income. Also you can also buy the excess other farmers’ harvest and convert it as well into a semi-finished goods. These converted goods can be stored and sold out when there is scarcity or when the price rises for any reason.

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Signs of Vitamin Deficiency in Catfish

Vitamins are one of the most important minor ingredients in catfish feed. Absence of vitamins in feed can cause growth problem, diseases, and many other disorders in catfish. Catfish premix is manufactured to compensate for the absence of vital vitamins in major catfish feed ingredients. Before you buy any fish premix, ensure it contains all important vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E, K, B12, C, and host of others as listed below.

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How to Identify Quality Local Fishmeal

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The present state of economy in the country is not helping catfish farmers in the area of profitability. You probably have not heard that the prices of floating feeds have gone up because you don’t have small fishes. The cost of 72 percent fishmeal has almost doubled compared with what was obtainable in the last four years. In fact, the most discouraging part of my story is that you may not get customers for catfishes above 1.3kg except you are ready to sell on credit. Continue reading “How to Identify Quality Local Fishmeal”