Meet Joe Sehneah, a young farmer earning money from growing garden egg-carrots, and onions
His journey began with a desire to get the best quality seeds for vegetable production. In 2018, Joe Sehneah traveled to the Ivory Coast in a search for vegetable quality seeds that have a high yielding rate but what he saw next dared him to try.
“I saw varieties of vegetables and fruits on the market, including onions, carrots, sweet peppers, radishes, and others,” said Sehneah. “I realized that there was a need, as a young man to venture and contribute to my country’s food bank by cultivating some of the most difficult vegetable crops which are imported to Liberia.”
After his return from the Ivory Coast, Sehneah went on to experiment whether Liberia is favorable for carrot and onion productions. He raised the initial capital of US$ 500 (LR$97,500) to purchase essential materials and hired labor for the production of carrot and onion on a very small scale.
Although carrot and onion production practices are not popular in Liberia, Sehneah has utilized extra research documents to avoid failure in the early stage of production.
“I have avoided failure by carrying out some of the best agricultural practices but not limited to site selection, acquiring improved seeds and planting materials.
“ Also, I have been carrying out appropriate pest and disease control measures, adequate plant nutrition/fertility, crop rotation and carefully observing all cultural practices associated with crop production,” said Sehneah.
The young farmer is now reaping the best from his efforts as demand for locally grown vegetables continues to grow.
Marketing and sales
He is receiving orders from top supermarkets and restaurants including the Stop and Shop Supermarket, Monoprix Supermarket, Era hub Supermarket, Royal Grand Hotel, Boulevard Palace, Golden Key Hotel, Benson Street Fruit and Vegetables market, and the Old Road Fruit and Vegetable market.
Responding to how farming has transformed his life, the young farmer told AgriGrind that farming has changed his life in a way he had never thought.
“Agriculture has transformed my life from a low income person to a middle-class person, and also from employee to employer,” said Sehneah.
Moreover, Sehneah is urging young Liberians to return to the soil. He says it is a bank that brings maximum returns.
“The Soil is the best bank and investing in it brings maximum returns. It is reliable; you can be self-employed, control and rely on your cash. You can enrich yourself also do the same to other less fortunate people,” he said.