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Crops That Will Give You Quick Money During & After COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the global and local economy. A number of people are feeling pressure in their pockets during to the lockdown but the post lockdown future looks bleaker.

For farmers and people who are passionate about agribusiness, this is the time to think about crops that can give you quick money to get you moving.

This quick money can help you pay workers and meet other operational needs of your farm.

Godfrey Kigoye, an agronomist and agribusiness consultant gives farmers tips and crops that will help them make some money during and after COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s worth noting that whereas many businesses have been affected, people continue to eat, thus necessitating farming.

Tomatoes and passion fruits

 Kigoye says tomatoes can get one quick money because one can start harvesting as early as three months. He advises that one can intercrop tomatoes with passion fruits because the former is a seasonal crop while the latter is short term.

He says an acre of tomatoes will require investment capital of Shs3.9m-Shs4.5m.

“A farmer can harvest a minimum of 120 boxes and going by Shs200, 000 per box, a farmer will earn a gross of Shs24m,” Kigoye says.

Kigoye has inter-cropped tomatoes with passion fruits

He adds that one can also farm quarter an acre and get some good money.

About market, he says market is available both within Uganda and the EAC region.

Cabbages

Kigoye says one can plant over 14,000 plants in an acre since spacing is 2ft apart. Cabbages mature in three months.

He says with a minimum investment of Shs1m, one can earn as high as Shs5m from an acre.

Yams

Kigoye says farmers near water sources can also plant yams (commonly known as Bwayise in Luganda).  He says a big tuber of a yam goes for Shs1000-1,500 at farm gate price. An acre can accommodate 40,000 plants. Yams mature in six-eight months.

Others

Other crops that a farmer can earn money from include Green Pepper, Sweet Pepper, Entula (Bitter tomatoes), Egg plants, dodo, Sukuma wiiki nakati.

The seeds for the above crops that can cover an acre will cost a minimum of Shs100, 000, according to Kigoye.

All you need is to get the right variety, do a nursery bed (pot) and transplant into a well prepared field within a month. Some of the above crops can be harvested.

“Some of these can be done on the backyard for urban dwellers,” Kigoye says, adding that these crops can also be planted in tyre gardens, sack mounds, box gardens and Mandela gardens in the backyard.

“These can help you reduce expenditure at home but they can also be used for learning purposes for school children at home,” Kigoye says.

For inquiries or consultancy, contact: staddewo@gmail.com/ 0775170346/0703828741

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Taddewo William Senyonyi
https://www.facebook.com/senyonyi.taddewo
William is a seasoned business and finance journalist. He is also an agripreneur and a coffee enthusiast.

7 thoughts on “Crops That Will Give You Quick Money During & After COVID-19 Pandemic

  1. Denis Kigongo

    I appreciate that publication and wish to get more information about growing of passion fruits in terms of investment amount required for an acre garden.

  2. David Kivumbi

    thank you for this. please enlighten me more about growing passion fruits and do they have specific soils favorable. i am looking at areas like luweero district.

  3. opio charles

    Give me some details on bananas growing.Thanx

  4. Kiirya Stephen

    I would like to know how to grow bitter tomaoes (entula)

  5. Appreciation to you dear.Thanks for your great advice.

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