A lot of persons are still skeptical about the profitability of Watermelon farming.
This is largely due to many information marketers making unreachable claims just to pocket your hard-earned income.
By means of this post, I will be showing you the profit potential in watermelon production, and the decision to embark will be purely yours.
Let us carry out this analytical study on a 1 hectare land, as our case study.
We shall look at this by answering these questions:
- How big is 1 Hectare land?
- With the right distance, how many watermelon plants can be cultivated per hectare?
- What is the expected output in terms of balls of watermelon?
- How does this translate to money
- How much is needed to cultivate 1 hectare of land and what is the average or expected profit
How Big is 1 Hectare of Land?
To lay everything bare, 1 hectare is 10000 square meter.
It means that the length (in meters) X breadth (in meters) of the land should give you 10,000 square meter.
For example, 100 meters by 100 meters land gives you 10,000 square meter, which is 1 hectare.
Since most land sizes are measured in feet and not in meters, let us convert this size to feet. 1 meter equals 3.3 feet. 100 meters therefore will be 330 ft.
Thus, 1 hectare, which is 100 meters by 100 meters is equivalent to 330 ft by 330 ft or 108900 square feet.
How many plots of land (60 ft by 120 ft) can be found in 1 hectare? Dividing 108900 by 60X120 gives 15.125
In summary, we can get about 15 plots of 60 ft by 120 ft in 1 hectare of land.
With the right distance, how many watermelon plants can be cultivated per hectare?
First, what is the right planting distance for watermelon? We shall use an average of 1.2 meter or 4 feet
Using this planting distance, how many watermelon plants can be contained in 1 hectare of land? We can get the number of plants per row by simply dividing 330 ft by 4 ft (or 100 m by 1.2 m), and that gives 82.5 or 83.
To get the number of rows, also divide the row length by the planting distance, which is also 83
Total estimated plants therefore on 1 hectare piece of land is 83 X 83 = 6889 plants.
Let’s assume that due to other factors, you only have 5000 good plants, taking 1889 as loss.
Please note: Since we would not be doing the actual measurement of distance before planting, your total plant may be slightly different from the above estimate.
What is the Expected Output in terms of Balls of Watermelon?
It is estimated that a single plant can produce between 1 to 3 balls of watermelon.
Working with the least possibility, 1 plant can at least produce 1 ball of watermelon.
With 5000 plants, total expected ball of watermelon is 5000 plants X 1 ball, and that equals 5000 balls.x
How Does This Translate to Money?
How much is a ball of Watermelon sold in your area? N1000? N800? Make some findings.
You know, the price from the farm must be much less than that. Let’s take N200 as the price
from the farm. That gives you N200 X 5000 balls, and that equals N1 Million.
Or to be very modest, let’s say a ball goes for N100 from the farm. that still gives you N500,000.
What is the Start-up Capital and the Average or Expected Profit
The cost of planting 1 hectare of watermelon depends on many factors. But let’s say N100,000.
Now, take that from the return, and you are getting N400k to 900k profit.
Imagine getting this in 85 days…
Imagine doing this twice a year…
You’ll agree that watermelon is truly profitable.
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Getting the above results is very possible in an idea situation: perfect weather, optimum moisture content, zero tolerance for pest and disease, adequate sunlight, and effective management.
Managing all of these factors require a lot of training and expertise. Without the right training, one can lose millions in 85 days the way one can easily make millions in 85 days.
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