Right now, I have employed eight young men working in my farm. Although there are other crops I venture into, I believe strawberry farming and marketing would reduce unemployment and also boost the economy of our country
release your water through the surface and not by spreading because both the plant and the fruits don’t want water to touch them. The plants need to soak the water from the channels across the ridges. The crop can take at least three months after the transplant before harvest.
“After that, we go to the stage of harvesting which is the simplest stage in strawberry production. It is just like plugging tomatoes. Harvesting strawberry is a continuous process because it produces fruits continuously for a long time. The more you harvest it, the more it produces more fruits depending on how you manage the farm and also the size of the farm. I harvest the fruits three times a week. If you harvest the fruits, another set will grow and it will continue until rains start falling that is when it will stop producing fruits.”
Jamilu said strawberry perishes easily, especially when left unused after harvesting.
He advised that farmers should not harvest their strawberry when they do not have a ready market for it. “Whenever strawberry is ripe, you need to contact your customers immediately to know if they are ready to buy, then you can harvest and supply instantly because you don’t allow it to spend more than 24 hours after harvesting. You need to quickly supply it to your customers and the end users or else the fruit would perish.”
Jamilu said strawberry is a marketable fruit in Nigeria as there are customers from Lagos,