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Grasscutter farming requires adequate training

Are you a grasscutter farmer, an aspiring grasscutter farmer? Then this one is for you, Prince Arinze Onebunne of Jovana Integrated Farms-080 33262 808, Email: [email protected], www.jovanafarms.com.ng is coming to the following VENUES for training on Grasscutter farming, and it’s time you procure skills on Profitable farming from those who are doing it with expertise! Learn about grasscutter breeding from a commercial grasscutter farmer. VENUES: Abuja, Enugu, Ibadan, Akure, Lagos, Owerri, Awka, Port-Harcourt, Benin-City, Asaba, Ogun and Ekwulobia.

Jovana Integrated Farms invites interested participants to the Modern Commercial Grasscutter-Rearing-Masterclass (Interface’-Theory & Practical Using Crossbreed grasscutters). Attend JOVANA FARMS nationwide interface- hands on-practical training on grasscutter nearest to you and learn about grasscutter farming from those who are doing it with expertise! Visit us at: www.jovanafarms.com.ng, Email: [email protected] or call: 080 33262 808, for more details. Choose also the nearest venues from the advert box in this page.

The market for grasscutter already exists. New farmers should be provided with adequate interface practical training and the basics upon which to build a business to supply that market. This consists of adequate hands-on Practical training, Quality grasscutter breeding stocks and essential inputs, as well as meaningful Mentorship until such a stage as the farmer is independent and productive.

A farmer with only Online-Cut-and-Paste WhatsApp- training, poor- quality grasscutters and little or no animal health programs, and who suffers high animal losses from mortalities doesn’t remain motivated for long.

While rearing grasscutter is lucrative, it requires proper training and precautions to avoid losses and disease outbreaks. The new farmer should take the time to learn everything they can about grasscutter farming. People need to go for proper training before venturing into grasscutter farming. Some people who started the business without adequate hands on-Practical-training have already shut down for lack of appropriate knowledge. They did it as a hobby, and at the end of the day abandoned the business because of one mistake or the other.

People also find it difficult to get quality grasscutter breeding stocks (fast growing breeds of grasscutters), but I’m happy to tell you that at Jovana Integrated Farms we have the best and “top genetics Grasscutter breeds you can start your grasscutter farming business with.

The demand for grasscutter products presents many development opportunities. Livestock production will become the biggest contributor to agriculture in coming decades, with consumption of animal-based foods the fastest growing sub-food category in Africa. The key challenge is determining how to intensify livestock productivity in a sustainable manner.

Nigeria has more than 5% of the grasscutters on earth. One of the major challenges is that females do not produce enough quality weaned babies, and this opens up a golden opportunity for technically based companies like us to fill this gap. Surely, as we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.

We do not only provide quality breeders of grasscutter, we also teach farmers how to feed them with quality materials. This is because only 10-grasscutters are produced per/ female/ per year before; and because Nigerian farmers work hard-and are always willing to learn. JOVANA FARMS won her reputation by helping farmers make more money in grasscutter production.

We did it by providing our customers with good specie of the animals, and a full set of very practical, and detailed training programs. As a result, the farmers were able to produce more and heavier weaned grasscutters, and many achieved 16-18 grasscutter babies/ doe/ year. This may mean little elsewhere, but it is a major step forward for an industry that only produces 16 pubs/doe/ year.

Producing good quality creep diets is not hard, but making sure they are used correctly is indeed a major challenge. Our sales team runs many hundreds of farmer meetings in the country. This can be a 2-hours training section with ten farmers in a feed store, teaching them how to make grasscutter babies eating more food. This can also be a one-day seminar gathering 100 people or more talking about the world’s latest livestock production technologies. These programs have become useful events for us. As a result, through our seminar venues nationwide we supply fast growing grasscutters to interested farmers.

I once talked to an old lady farmer in Enugu state. She said: ‘’your products and training programme help me stay profitable in this business. I have 100- grasscutters in my backyard. I treat them like my kids, because they pay for my children to go through university. They provide steady income for me. Now they are helping my grandchildren go through their education. Your intervention is really helping farmers overcome poverty.’’

This is an opportunity for all. This is a wonderful market. Things are still happening in grasscutter farming and the future is bright. Although new challenges appear every day. For example, the rising cost of basic raw materials like pellet, corn and soybean meal. We are not smarter than the others. We are just one of the many in the field who appreciate this wonderful opportunity. We just show up in a right time and a right place.

The hard work, ethic and extreme dedication to quality and improvement which inspired JOVANA FARMS to begin its nationwide training programs is just what will keep it ahead of the field for many years to come. 

Since we’re all concerned about food security, I am amazed so little is known by the public about the profitability of agribusiness approaches to wealth and employment creation. Add to the fact that everybody needs to eat food and so it’s nearly impossible to run out of clients or customers.  And my wonder continues….

Jovana Integrated Farms crossbreed grasscutters low inputs- costs are what drive the profitability of farming with our grasscutter breed and this is what the commercial producer is looking for. Our animals are always a sure bet, exceeding farmers’ expectations in terms of performance and profitability in all the farms across the country where they are being used.

To succeed in grasscutter farming, new farmers are advised to “Sit at the feet” of a mentor- someone that has years of experience, has made the mistake, has learned how to succeed and is willing to pass that knowledge down.

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