Maize ( popularly known as corn) is one of the leading food crops in Nigeria and believed to have been domesticated by indigenous peoples in southern Mexico 10,000 years ago.
Widely consumed as a "street- food" snack which is either boiled or roasted, Maize can be added or made into other edible food such as Pap (Ogi), cornflakes, popcorn, corn pudding, corn cake etc. It is also a great addition to animal feed production.
It is rich in dietary fiber and amazing nutrients such as vitamins, carbohydrates, and minerals needed for the human growth.
Maize farming to many is big business ( actually it is..) because it can be grown in any season and its demand is ever increasing but that's not what this post is about.
Despite the success that has been recorded from maize farming, farmers are still failing at it. A lot are still wondering why their land seems so unproductive when it’s time to plant maize. Trust me, not everyone thinks its big business.
Here is a list of the problems that might be affecting the growth of your maize farm.
1. Inappropriate planting time.
2. Poor soil fertility.
3. No crop rotation
4. No intercropping
5. Low-quality seeds
6. Low yield and high postharvest
7. Presence of Pest and Diseases
8. Poor soil fertility e.t.c
1. Is maize farming really big business?
2. Some farmers have complained that they find it really difficult to plant during the dry season. What do you think? How have you been able to cultivate maize all year round?
3. How can seeds for maize be cultivated?