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Dry season farming is crop production during the dry season when rain is no longer falling.
In this type of farming you depend solely on water provided through dams, boreholes, rivers, wells, streams, etc.
Dry season farming requires a robust irrigation facility to ensure a profitable farming system.
As a result of the irrigation technology, the dry season farming can be capital intensive.
Despite the costs, dry season farming, if well planned and implemented, would allow for all-year round farming and is capable of solving the nation poverty, food insufficiency and enhancing farmers’ income.
The rain-fed agriculture provides a platform for all farmers to produce in abundance.
This makes the farm products available almost at the same time, creating excessive supply over average demand, and hence forcing prices down.
But dry season farming attracts real agricultural business individuals who understand the important role of times and seasons in product price determination, and hence better opportunities provided in the dry season to make ‘abnormal’ profits.
Vegetable farming such as tomatoes, pumpkin, watermelon, cucumber, pepper, okra, ewedu, or any other edible leafy greens can guarantee a diligent farmer a bumper harvest with an amazing return on investment 60% to 100% (every 60 days or less).
Profitable crops farmers can grow in dry season include bell peppers, sweet melons, spicy peppers, cucumber, and with the drip irrigation on the open field, you can grow watermelons.
You can plant all kinds of vegetables but it is better to take advantage of what is not planted off rainy seasons, or whatever sells like hotcakes in dry seasons.
Fresh corns, vegetables, fruits and general agricultural products are usually scarce in the dry seasons, presenting unusual opportunities for business farmers to create a stream of income for about three to five months (November to March).
Vegetables are important business ventures for farmers to invest during the dry season because they give high returns with less supervision over a short period of time.
The nutritional benefits yield from each also aids greatly in marketing of these products.
Also, urban population growth is fuelling the demand for a timely supply of fresh vegetables.
The most popular methods of irrigation are drip irrigation and rain gun irrigation.
The drip system is good for tomatoes and vegetables.
On the other hand, crops like rice and millet thrive well with the rain gun irrigation.
Drip irrigation is sometimes used in the open farmland.
The holes are perforated at the calibrated spacing and water drops into the base of each plant.
Generally, the rain gun system requires less labour and time.
It saves water and it doesn’t lead to water logging and salinization.
This promotes germination of seeds and increases crop yield.
Dry season farming utilizes greenhouses, drip irrigation and fertigation, with reduced pesticides.
Greenhouses are waterproof but solar netted structures that produce regulated conditions for vegetable cultivation.
Dry season production is very essential as it enhances farmers’ income, raises their standard of living, and ensures a year-round supply of vegetable to consumers.
Irrigation investments enable farmers to supplement rainfall and gain some control over climatic conditions and set the stage to meeting the food needs of the growing population at a profit.