PLANTAIN: THE POT OF GOLD NOBODY TOLD YOU ABOUT.
The White men told us the botanical name for plantain was Musa Paradisiaca. They told us that plantain was similar to bananas except that they differ in size and contain more starch than bananas. That plantain originated from India and dates back to the 10th century where they were used for medicinal purposes but are now currently cultivated in many parts of the world including California, Caribbean islands, Central America, West, and Central Africa, etc. They are the starchier equivalent of banana and can be fried, boiled, grilled, roasted or even ground to obtain plantain flour which can be used to prepare many more delicacies…
Then the internet came up with detailed outlined the health benefits of plantain and why it should be included in one’s diet. They include:
- It can be used for medicinal purposes i.e contain mucilage, tannins, and iridoid glycosides, all of which are believed to give it antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and expectorant properties.
- Aids digestion and a good source of fiber which helps lower cholesterol and keeps the heart functioning properly. It also promotes regular bowel movement and prevents constipation.
- Good for the heart because the high amount of potassium found in plantains is essential for maintaining the cell and body fluids that control heart rate and blood pressure.
- Can be used to control weight loss
- A good source of Energy i.e it is very rich in starch and energy and can serve as food security for millions of inhabitants worldwide.
- Fresh plantain is rich in vitamins: vitamins C, A, B6, etc. are all contained in plantain
- Good sources of minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium
However, did anybody really tell you about the benefits of plantain to your pocket and the economy at large? No? My sincere apologies. That’s what this article is about and let’s get started:
- In West Africa, Nigeria precisely, plantain is a major staple food. It accounts for as high as 25% of the carbohydrate requirements and Nigerians cannot do without plantain as it can be used for so many things – it can be made into delicious meals, used to make snacks, prepared for herbs or used for business by selling its suckers. What this implies is that plantain is a highly demanded farm produce, which translates into a potentially great business opportunity and a good investment, considering that demand to supply ratio is high.
- Plantain fruits all year round and takes a maximum of 9 months to produce fruits. This makes it a very dependable, all-season food crop; particularly in a country like Nigeria plagued with major agricultural setbacks such as unavailability of machinery and technology in farming or harvesting in many parts of the country, inadequate storage and preservation, bad roads, etc.
- It is also one of the most lucrative business opportunities in agriculture because of its low start-up capital. That is, you don’t have to break the bank to purchase plantain suckers and at the end of the farming season, one can make back a complete 100% return on investment or even 200% profit selling both plantain suckers and bunches.
- Plantain farms can be easily maintained and it is not prone to agricultural disasters such as attack, disease outbreak, draughts, etc. Plantain can grow on virtually any land in Nigeria and provided viable suckers, as well as technology combined with good technical-know-how and manpower, is applied, one cannot incur any loss.
This is why partnering with Agrictech companies like Menorah Farms is the best idea anyone could think of. You don’t have to be a farmer, own land or be knowledgeable about plantain farming to key into this great initiative. You could simply sponsor a farm and let Menorah farms do all the work with your money and at the end of the investment get a return on investment of up to 40%.
That’s not all. Not only are you making money for yourself and your family, by partnering with agrotech companies like Menorah Farms, you are also empowering rural farmers who wouldn’t have been able to afford the financial and physical demands of commercial agriculture and in the long run ensuring food security for the nation and improving the nation’s economy. That’s a win-win situation for everybody involved.
In conclusion, as Menorah Farms opens its plantain farming season from October 1st, you certainly wouldn’t need much convincing to sponsor and invest knowing all that you stand to gain. Remember, not only do you get to make money and food available for yourself, but you’re also providing employment, empowering people, improving the economy, providing food and reducing the rate of crime within the nation. That’s a cause worth investing, if you ask me (*winks*).
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