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If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by mayorteeny: 11:50pm On Apr 01, 2015
I have come across many articles that purportedly report that watermelon cultivation is very profitable with returns ranging from 50% to as high as 500% profit in 3 months. This has led me to some questions that I would like farmers with experience cultivating watermelon in the house to help me answer:

(1) Are the supposed returns accurate?

(2) If you could cultivate 100 hectares of watermelon in the southwest would you? (assuming irrigation is not a problem during dry season)

(3) Is there even a market for such a quantity?

(4) Why isn't everyone doing this?
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by OLAMIMO12(m): 8:17am On Apr 02, 2015
@op........
answers on the way. stay calm.
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by jasper7(m): 8:34am On Apr 02, 2015
Watermelon is highly profitable, what our people lack most is idea. Watermelon is consumed in millions now in USA. believe me when I say that 100hectares of watermelon will not satisfy the South West alone. There are farmers in the North who are cultivating more than that

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Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by OLAMIMO12(m): 12:04pm On Apr 02, 2015
jasper7:
Watermelon is highly profitable, what our people lack most is idea. Watermelon is consumed in millions now in USA. believe me when I say that 100hectares of watermelon will not satisfy the South West alone. There are farmers in the North who are cultivating more than that
tnx Boss
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by mayorteeny: 1:50pm On Apr 02, 2015
Thanks Jasper and Olamimo. When you planted watermelon what was the Return on your investment?

How did you sell your produce? 100 hectares seems like a very large quantity to be able to dispose don't you think?
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by Texcoco(m): 3:29pm On Apr 02, 2015
Because it is risky,highy technical and cumbersome..we planted watermelon once though it was profitable but we found out it was relatively useless at intrinsic value per weight than most other crop we had forwent..A 50 Kg basket of tomatoes is much more valuble than 50 kg watermelon load and it gets worse when you look at it per tonne..this precludes the constant dailiy vigil you have to undergo to get a good watermelon harvest which is so not like other profit crops....Tis not worth the stress, we rather plant cucumber.

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Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by mayorteeny: 2:08am On Apr 03, 2015
Pls keep the responses coming
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by Pasi: 3:03pm On Apr 04, 2015
Please help, my trial watermelon already flowering and fruiting suddenly starts wilting. Kindly advise me on how to rescue these crops.

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Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by OLAMIMO12(m): 9:08pm On Apr 04, 2015
mayorteeny:
Thanks Jasper and Olamimo. When you planted watermelon what was the Return on your investment?

How did you sell your produce? 100 hectares seems like a very large quantity to be able to dispose don't you think?
Selling or marketing is a challenge for every producer. I think there is no ready market for any product. Yet, you will make your way if you do your homework timely.

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Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by oyogunle: 3:34pm On Feb 11, 2016
These are intelligent questions.
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by DeLaRue: 6:07pm On Feb 11, 2016
It seems people make like N250,000 per acre after 4 months of hard toil and hand-in-mouth suspense not knowing whether disease will destroy the watermelon plants overnite. Agree with Op, for the effort and risk involved, the reward is somewhat low.

Probably not bad if you are a subsistence full time farmer and live in a village or small town and have modest aspirations. Or you want to do it part time, which appears to carry even more risk.


If you can put the same effort into one acre of tomato (assuming 4,000 plants per acre) and you achieve 3kg yield per plant, that should give you 12,000 kg of tomatoes. Now, if you can plan for your tomato plants to fruit between May and early June when wholesale price is around N250 per kg, you should end up with about N3 million. Even if you reduce that by N1m, you still end up with N2 million. This is still almost 10 times better than you get with watermelon!

One thing about watermelon though is its ubiquituos presence in almost every street shops these days. Same cant be said about cucumber...at least in my state. Not many seem to buy cucumber in my state, as most of the ones I see look stale and unfresh, perhaps due to lack of sale.

Based on my own careful assessment...pound for pound, the most profitable vegetable to plant in Southern USA is tomato, PROVIDED:


1. You can get a decent yield - our hot & humid weather is not as good for tomatoes as the weather in the far northern states

2. You make sure your tomato arrives between May & June. Anything outside of these 2 months, you could be in big trouble.

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Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by dgitrader(m): 11:41pm On Apr 08, 2016
DeLaRue:
It seems people make like N250,000 per acre after 4 months of hard toil and hand-in-mouth suspense not knowing whether disease will destroy the watermelon plants overnite. Agree with Op, for the effort and risk involved, the reward is somewhat low.

Probably not bad if you are a subsistence full time farmer and live in a village or small town and have modest aspirations. Or you want to do it part time, which appears to carry even more risk.


If you can put the same effort into one acre of tomato (assuming 4,000 plants per acre) and you achieve 3kg yield per plant, that should give you 12,000 kg of tomatoes. Now, if you can plan for your tomato plants to fruit between May and June when wholesale price is around N250 per kg, you should end up with about N3 million. Even if you reduce that by N1m, you still end up with N2 million. This is still almost 10 times better than you get with watermelon!

One thing about watermelon though is its ubiquituos presence in almost every street shops these days. Same cant be said about cucumber...at least in my state. Not many seem to buy cucumber in my state, as most of the ones I see look stale and unfresh, perhaps due to lack of sale.

Based on my own careful assessment...pound for pound, the most profitable vegetable to plant in Southern USA is tomato, PROVIDED:


1. You can get a decent yield - our hot & humid weather is not as good for tomatoes as the weather in the far northern states

2. You make sure your tomato arrives between May & June. Anything outside of these 2 months, you could be in big trouble.




I concur.
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by knostbrown01(m): 7:05pm On Apr 11, 2016
Texcoco:
Because it is risky,highy technical and cumbersome..we planted watermelon once though it was profitable but we found out it was relatively useless at intrinsic value per weight than most other crop we had forwent..A 50 Kg basket of tomatoes is much more valuble than 50 kg watermelon load and it gets worse when you look at it per tonne..this precludes the constant dailiy vigil you have to undergo to get a good watermelon harvest which is so not like other profit crops....Tis not worth the stress, we rather plant cucumber.

are you saying cucumber is more profitable than watermellon.
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by knostbrown01(m): 7:10pm On Apr 11, 2016
DeLaRue:
It seems people make like N250,000 per acre after 4 months of hard toil and hand-in-mouth suspense not knowing whether disease will destroy the watermelon plants overnite. Agree with Op, for the effort and risk involved, the reward is somewhat low.

Probably not bad if you are a subsistence full time farmer and live in a village or small town and have modest aspirations. Or you want to do it part time, which appears to carry even more risk.


If you can put the same effort into one acre of tomato (assuming 4,000 plants per acre) and you achieve 3kg yield per plant, that should give you 12,000 kg of tomatoes. Now, if you can plan for your tomato plants to fruit between May and June when wholesale price is around N250 per kg, you should end up with about N3 million. Even if you reduce that by N1m, you still end up with N2 million. This is still almost 10 times better than you get with watermelon!

One thing about watermelon though is its ubiquituos presence in almost every street shops these days. Same cant be said about cucumber...at least in my state. Not many seem to buy cucumber in my state, as most of the ones I see look stale and unfresh, perhaps due to lack of sale.

Based on my own careful assessment...pound for pound, the most profitable vegetable to plant in Southern USA is tomato, PROVIDED:


1. You can get a decent yield - our hot & humid weather is not as good for tomatoes as the weather in the far northern states

2. You make sure your tomato arrives between May & June. Anything outside of these 2 months, you could be in big trouble.




Pls, how many month does it take tomatoes to reach harvesting level?
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by Ajusshi: 11:28pm On Apr 13, 2016
knostbrown01:


Pls, how many month does it take tomatoes to reach harvesting level?
I think it takes 3 months plus..
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by FarmTech(m): 9:38pm On Apr 14, 2016
Can tomato thrive in SE?
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by Patini147(m): 9:22am On Apr 15, 2016
DeLaRue:
It seems people make like N250,000 per acre after 4 months of hard toil and hand-in-mouth suspense not knowing whether disease will destroy the watermelon plants overnite. Agree with Op, for the effort and risk involved, the reward is somewhat low.

Probably not bad if you are a subsistence full time farmer and live in a village or small town and have modest aspirations. Or you want to do it part time, which appears to carry even more risk.


If you can put the same effort into one acre of tomato (assuming 4,000 plants per acre) and you achieve 3kg yield per plant, that should give you 12,000 kg of tomatoes. Now, if you can plan for your tomato plants to fruit between May and June when wholesale price is around N250 per kg, you should end up with about N3 million. Even if you reduce that by N1m, you still end up with N2 million. This is still almost 10 times better than you get with watermelon!

One thing about watermelon though is its ubiquituos presence in almost every street shops these days. Same cant be said about cucumber...at least in my state. Not many seem to buy cucumber in my state, as most of the ones I see look stale and unfresh, perhaps due to lack of sale.

Based on my own careful assessment...pound for pound, the most profitable vegetable to plant in Southern USA is tomato, PROVIDED:


1. You can get a decent yield - our hot & humid weather is not as good for tomatoes as the weather in the far northern states

2. You make sure your tomato arrives between May & June. Anything outside of these 2 months, you could be in big trouble.



Please, when is the best month to plant tomatoes in SS? Does it need more sunlight or rain?

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Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by osothermal(m): 8:46pm On Apr 26, 2016
Please am interested in buying large quantities of water melon asap please if u have any you can reach me on 07067439755 or osothermal@gmail.com
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by faithglobal: 8:28pm On May 26, 2016
osothermal:
Please am interested in buying large quantities of water melon asap please if u have any you can reach me on 07067439755 or osothermal@gmail.com

We are a water melon producing farm in Ibadan and we have commercial quantity of Water melon for sale. This are F1Kloss hybrid . Very big and juicy - Please see attached pictures

Please contact us on info@fglobalinks.com or on the following numbers for sale

Collins : 0807 641 7058

Sunday : 0805 540 3422 or 08080362698

Jide : 0818 443 5058

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Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by michodemic(m): 12:30pm On May 27, 2016
Please anyone with an idea of herbicide that can be used on weeds in watermelon. Thanks.
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by hybridveggies(m): 8:45pm On May 28, 2016
Get your answers and rudimentary on tomato production on hybridveggies.com
knostbrown01:


Pls, how many month does it take tomatoes to reach harvesting level?
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by hybridveggies(m): 8:57pm On May 28, 2016
Get answer to your question through practical inclined articles with pictures on hybridveggies.com. By the way tomatoes requires considerable amount direct sunlight notwithstanding, it does well in wet season except that you spend some money on fungicide and pesticides to control diseases and pest combined with some best modern agronomic practices
Patini147:

Please, when is the best month to plant tomatoes in SS? Does it need more sunlight or rain?
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by hybridveggies(m): 9:01pm On May 28, 2016
So you are interested in tomato cultivation? You surely could make yourself a millionaire. Visit hybridveggies.com for rudimentary knowledge and much more
knostbrown01:


Pls, how many month does it take tomatoes to reach harvesting level?
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by pamdaniel(m): 9:08pm On May 28, 2016
wow beautiful, hope mine turns this way too...
faithglobal:


We are a water melon producing farm in Ibadan and we have commercial quantity of Water melon for sale. This are F1Kloss hybrid . Very big and juicy - Please see attached pictures

Please contact us on info@fglobalinks.com or on the following numbers for sale

Collins : 0807 641 7058

Sunday : 0805 540 3422 or 08080362698

Jide : 0818 443 5058
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by lilreese: 2:24am On Aug 09, 2016
Hmm
Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by testimonyng: 11:20pm On Mar 10
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Re: If watermelon is so profitable, why are farmers not cultivating it commercially? by testimonyng: 9:38pm On Mar 11
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