Sweet Potato Farming/Business Plans and Feasibility Study
Growing sweet potatoes
Varieties of Sweet Potatoes
Locations where Sweet Potatoes are planted more in Nigeria
Sweet Potatoes Land Preparation
- Plough the land and loosen them up for aeration and water penetration. Use glyphosate with paraqat on the land and allow it for 2 weeks before planting in other to suppress the effect of the drugs. Make good ridges or beds for planting it is advisable to cultivate sweet potato on bed for proper tuberization. Give 1m spacing between the field an any adjourning farmland to prevent rodents feeding on the tubers.
- It can grow in a wide variety of land, however for optimum yield use sandy loam soil rich in organic matter. Whereby the land is short of nutrient you can add manure when preparing the land. A PH of 5.5-6.5 is ideal for optimum growth.
Planting of Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet potato is planted from stem and vines cuttings from the parent plant. The vine cutting should be between 20-30cm in length with about 2-3 nodes in each vine. Sow the vine below the soil 4-6cm deep while leaving part of it above the soil. Spacing 25-30cm on ridges; 60-75cm apart. Depending on the spacing distance you can plant up 27,000-50,000 vine cuttings in a hectare. And 11,000 vine cuttings in an acre.
- Sweet potato growing can be done in sack bag, container and bucket. It makes movement around the farm easy and for proper management.
IRRIGATION/MULCHING IN SWEET POTATO FARMING
HERE ARE A FEW HYBRID VARIETIES
- OLUKOTA: good for flour because it contain weight of dry matter good such
- NSRP/05/20: produce a very high yield due to their numerous branching
INTER CROPPING IN SWEET POTATO FARMING
- The soil type used
- Climate condition
- Variety used
- Management practice.
- A hectare will give between 6-20 tonnes. An acre can yield about 50 big bags.
Sweet Potato Storage
Marketing of Sweet Potatoes
- Potato is a low risk crop
- More than 100 tubers can be gotten from one stand
- It is not costly to set up potato plantation
- Very easy to manage because it is a creeping crop and will suppress weed growth
- Potato farming can be done in sack and containers
- They mature fast between 3-4 months, meaning you can lease land for potato cultivation if you don’t have one.
- Highly profitable
PROFITABILITY IN SWEET POTATOES FARMING
HEALTH /IMPORTANCE OF SWEET POTATO
- Sweet potato is a good source of excellent fibre
- It can prevent cancer
- Contains vitamins E, B6 and C
- Sweet potato is good for heart
- Controls blood sugar due to low glycemic index
- It helps in relieving stress and good in digestion
- Sweet potato has strong Immunity and anti-inflammatory properties which are very good to the body.
- Used for boiling, frying and mashing for baking and salads.
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