Arinze Onebunne([email protected])
One of the solutions to the problem of unemployment in the country is for government to create the enabling environment for unemployed youths and students to set up grasscutter business with very little capital.
Grasscutter can help to make emerging farmers successful, and they also have a large local and foreign meat market. Jovana Farms breed and sell this grasscutters to farmers and top-class hotels.
The grasscutter’s low input costs are what drive the profitability of farming with the animal. This is what the commercial producer is looking for.
Grasscutter farming is cheap. It is a business that does not require millions of naira. With N65,000, anyone can start it. They are reared in cages, and a roadside carpenter can help to construct them with N10,000. So, with N75,000, you can start breeding grasscutters.
It is advisable to buy them when they are four months old, which is the breeding stock stage. The cages can occupy any available space in your house, compound, store or even the kitchen. Their excreta are odourless. You do not necessary need to buy a land for the business.
In addition, you do not buy food for grasscutters like you do in fish, poultry and pig farming. Grasscutters feed mainly on grass. One female grasscutter can give you six to nine babies at a go. I have witnessed 10 at once on my farm. Grasscutters are easy and very cheap to rear. They can easily be reared at home, and it is a business venture that can be started on a small scale with a space less than one room.
An undergraduate or the unemployed can start with this amount and make profit. If you buy them and rear for four months, they will start having babies at eight months. If you do not have space to expand, you can start selling their babies to farmers. And if the four females give you seven babies each, you have 28 more grasscutters.
After eight months, you can start to make profit. You get the animals from Jovana Farms at four months old and they start making babies when they grow to eight months. They carry their babies up to five months. Female grasscutter reproduces twice a year for five years.
Currently, in Nigeria, bush meat is not taken for granted. It is not even for the poor but for the middle class. It is a special white and healthy meat, unlike beef that is red. It does not have high cholesterol; in most cases, doctors recommend it to people who have heart conditions, and the demand is high.
People find it difficult to get the right breeding stock for commercial operation, but I’m happy to inform the world that in Jovana Farms, we have quality breeding animals you can start your grasscutter business with.
The first challenge I encountered had to do with technicalities. What this means is that people need to go for proper training before venturing into grasscutter business. Some people who started the business without training have already shut down for lack of appropriate knowledge. They did it as a hobby, and later abandoned the business because of one mistake or the other.
Jovana Farms’ nationwide training project
We observed that most potential farmers who have interest in grasscutter farming are usually inhibited by distance from attending our seminars in our Lagos and Enugu farms; hence, we have decided to spread our practical workshops across major cities in Nigeria. Currently, we hold our practical training in Abuja, Asaba, Owerri, Calabar, Port Harcourt, Warri, Kaduna, Benin City, Awka, Ekwulobia, Umuahia, Ibadan, etc. The primary objective is to bring this golden opportunity to the door step of every Nigerian as a very sure and potent means of conquering poverty and solving the rising unemployment problem in the country
When I started the business 20 years ago, I got my initial stock from Gabon and Central African Republic. I started from developing them myself, and developed the criteria for identifying the right species, right wards, grouping them according to their blood group and compiling their data. Today, I do not look for quality grasscutter again, I already have them in my farm and people come for supplies from me.
Depending on one’s experience, grasscutter meat can be packaged to outfits as pepper soup, suya, smoked, frozen or dried meat. Most people are looking for the meat as regular meal and also to entertain most of their guest.
Contact us for consultancy or attend Jovana Farms seminars nearest to you and discover everything you need to know about breeding grasscutters for profit. Can’t attend? Order for our self-tutorial VCD and book at N7,500.
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