Please I will like to know how can one start tiger nuts farming and make profit? I am considering venturing into farming tiger nuts since these nuts are not common in the market as others. Can anyone please give advice on how to proceed with it. Thanks.
Tiger nuts are one of nature’s super foods. They are high in fibre, highly nutritious and are believed to contain ingredients that can help prevent heart attacks and improve blood circulation.
Let me remind you that Tiger Nut:
– are very high in fibre
– help to control blood pressure
– are a good source of magnesium
– are a rich source of protein
– help regulate blood sugar levels
– can be used as a cow’s milk substitute
– are a good source of Vitamin E
– contain the healthy fats
– are a good source of vitamins
– are so nutritious; they are being used to fight malnutrition
In Nigeria they are mostly cultivated in the Northern part of the country for commercial purposes. Because of their awareness they are no longer sustaining again as their demand far outweighs their supply. It is because this that taking the advantage to make money from it is a smart idea.
Apart from getting a land, depending on how large you want it to be.
Growing Tiger Nut
Tiger nut is a plant and as such will require adequate amount of water to do well. Irrigation should be done weekly until the crops are harvested especially when there is shortage of rain or during period of intense drought.
You can dig borehole for it if you are planting for commercial or dig a well and then use drip irrigation for quality result.
Although tiger nut plants are very rigid and dominating some stubborn weeds can mar their performance or slow it down. That is why you shouldn’t allow weed at all in the farm. Tiger nuts farming is not like other plants to allow weed until you are ready to remove them. For weeding to be effective try to identify and remove them early before it becomes difficult to deal with.
Tiger nuts are harvested after 8 months between November-December depending on which month they were planted either April or May. Because the plant is very hard and well established in the soil it will be difficult to do manual (hand) harvesting so the use of combine harvester (machine) is very necessary.
Drying takes a very long time up to 3 months and can only be done with the use of the sun for now. Spray them in an open place where sun can touch them very well and keep turning them every day in other to achieve uniform drying
It is very profitable; take a look at the ones that are carried about in wheel borrow in my location, a tomato cup is sold for #50 while tin milk cup is #100. How much do you think you will sell in tonnes even as a wholesale.
Then you can market and help people find your amazing Tiger Nut
This website dedicated to Tiger Nut will really help you with other things