As youths engage in agriculture, owning land has remained their biggest challenge. But as one youth says it, “You don’t have to own a land to make money from agriculture” His dream of being a successful farmer having been thwarted by lack of land, Victor resorted to selling sugarcane tops to dairy cow farmers in the neighboring villages. Initially, his customers comprised of a few farmers who did not have enough land space to grow fodder but his emperor gradually grew as more farmers discovered how cost effective and profitable it was buying cane tops for their cattle than planting.

sugarcane tops

sugarcane tops

Victor sold cane tops from their land, went for the neighbors’ and when this could no longer satisfy the growing demand, he started buying from the neighboring villages at a lower price and selling for profit. Victor himself is amazed at how what used to be a source of frustration for many farmers on their farms is now a source of cash for him. At first they did not know what to do with the wastes, it was a bother and they were willing to give it for free but now, he has to buy it from them.
Victor does not regret the fact that he has to buy these sugarcane tops in order to resell them. He still makes sufficient profit to meet his needs and to keep him in business. “This was my new opportunity, I found a way of making money from these wastes,” says Victor. He also helps his customers to make silage. – They chop cane leaves into smaller pieces and soak in molasses. The mixture is then enclosed in tightly-closed drums for a month. “This way, cane top takes the shortest time to convert into nutrients once mixed with molasses and enclosed in a container to keep away oxygen,” says Victor.
To this point, Victor says he doesn’t regret having taken the path he did, collecting and selling cane tops helps him put food on the table. To other youths, he urges them not sit around complaining about joblessness of lack of land for farming. Just like he did, they can too. Just get doing something and the rest will follow.

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