Mbali Nwoko’s top tips for startup farmers

■ Make input suppliers part of your operation. They will be happy to assist you with your planning and advise you on how to control various pests and diseases.

■ Let the market determine what you farm. Plant crops that your market and your customers want to buy – at the right price and the volumes you can supply. Ask potential clients what they are short of and when. This will help you make informed decisions on which crop to farm and use in rotation to meet your customers’ needs.

■ Network, network and network. Develop strong relationships with your clients, your suppliers and other farmers. Always surround yourself with individuals that are experts in their fields.

■ Plan long term.

■ Start with what you have; use your own capital if you need to.

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