Musings of a Farmer-preneur OLUWASEUN ADETOSOYE
Farmer ‘’Sola’’ is another great friend of mine who has agreed to share his story without holding anything back. He presently works in a financial institution and still passionate about farming. "My voyage into farming so far has been interesting. I remember that the financial crisis of 2007-2008 shook a lot of banks, to the extent that massive layoffs were like ‘pure water ‘. It was almost certain that it could happen to me. It dawned on me, that I was ill prepared for the challenges that could come with being unemployed, having just gotten married it was not something I was looking forward to.
The first #business that struck my mind was #trading, buying and selling, just like our eastern brothers, but that will require that I had to look for customers and compete with established businesses that were already on the field. That sounded herculean enough…then I thought about food…then producing food, and then I had my ‘Aha!’ moment.
People eat every day, so I couldn’t possibly get it wrong. Then I considered short term ‘sharp sharp’ food and #vegetables came out of the blues, and the idea struck .The concept started building, and I had to think of the logistics of setting up a vegetable farm, that could produce all year round, the cost was staggering at first consideration but I trudged on, believing that the journey of a thousand miles, must start with a step.
After several attempts at securing a land in Ihunbo, Ipokia LG of #Ogun State, I finally settled for a 4 acre parcel in the Ori Eke, part of the town. It was a really an exciting accomplishment for me, having such a ‘large tract’ of land to my name. Good enough, I had no ‘omo
onile’ issue , since the land was bought through a chief in the town .
By virtue of my work, there was no way I could possibly be on the farm every day, so I had to rely on the ‘expertise’ of a certain Pastor ‘B’ to help me out with the running of the #farm. That was the beginning of my nightmare". Let’s make it another date tomorrow.
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