High Demand for Watermelon During Ramadan Boosts Farmers’ Profits

During Ramadan, millions of Muslims worldwide traditionally break their fast (Iftar) with dates, water, and watermelon. This practice aligns with the spiritual focus and self-discipline of the fasting month.

It’s been observed that including fruits like watermelon in the Iftar meal provides hydration and essential nutrients to replenish the body after a day of fasting. This has led to an increased demand for watermelon during Ramadan.

In Yobe State, eight local government areas, including Bursari, Bade, Geidam, Jakusko, Damaturu, Gujba, Potiskum, and Machina, are renowned for watermelon production. Each year, farmers in these areas gear up for the peak sales season during Ramadan, viewing watermelon farming as a lucrative opportunity.

Watermelon produced in Yobe is transported by traders to various states across Nigeria, including Abuja, Borno, Taraba, Jigawa, Kano, Lagos, and beyond.

Alhaji Maina Bukar, a seasoned watermelon farmer, emphasized the significance of Ramadan for watermelon sales. He recounted investing in his farm in anticipation of harvesting during this period to meet the high demand and secure substantial profits.

Similarly, Umaru Adamu, another farmer, highlighted the profitability of watermelon farming during Ramadan, citing previous successes in sales. He noted that demand drives prices during this season, with watermelon fetching significantly higher prices compared to other times of the year.

Factors such as irrigation farming costs, the recent removal of fuel subsidies, and heightened market demand during Ramadan contribute to the price fluctuations observed in watermelon sales. Despite these challenges, farmers remain optimistic about reaping profits during this auspicious period.


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