If you are a fresh Nigerian graduate, you probably would not think about farming when your degrees and qualifications are intact. The time and effort you have spent to go through school to earn those degrees would perhaps not prompt your attention to go into farming. Who wants to farm when there are white-collar jobs? Even those who study core agriculture in school don’t want to farm.
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As young people are choosing not to pursue livelihoods in agriculture, which is resulting in the aging of the farming population – Future Agricultures Consortium, – an Africa-based alliance of research organisations that provides timely, high-quality, and independent information and advice to improve agricultural policy and practice in Africa has pointed that it could jeopardise the possibilities for agriculture-led growth across the continent.
The sector that most young people would not want to venture into because of what they consider as dirty and what doesn’t bring immediate profit is what Adesola Oluwasegun, the Chief Executive Officer of Adesh Farms is venturing into without considering the challenges farming holds.
In his remark when unveiling the Farm’s processed and packaged farm produce in Lagos last weekend, Oluwasegun said that he started Adesh Farms with just two acres of land, and what has grown to over 100 acres of land with modern facilities to process six tons of Garri in six months and palm oil in a local way.
He said that the Farm was birthed as of the need to prevent the increasing poverty across the country and would be actualized by ensuring there is a sufficient supply of affordable nutritious and hygienic food for the nation every year.
According to him, providing the local farmers with high-yielding seedlings is part of the company’s efforts which is directed towards giving back to the ecosystem in which it operates and thrives in.
“We grow, process cassava into Garri, we have farmers working with us and partner with local farms around us. We give them seeds as most of them cannot find the right seeds to plant because their seeds are of low yield. We also assist them with modern equipment as seed transplanter, maize transplanter, and other things,
They are very happy about the partnership because it made life easier for them as they now have the right machinery for farming”, Oluwasegun explained.
Oluwasegun revealed that Adesh’s activities also aim at enhancing sustainable agriculture as well as supporting small and large-scale crops and animal farmers with access to lands and skills to help grow their capacity and productivity.
With Adesh farms located at Ogun, Oyo, and Osun state, Oluwasegun further pointed that Adesh’s sister company is coming on board to export the company’s finished products abroad and ensure that they are on shelves of supermarkets across the country.
“We are working on putting our products on shelves at supermarkets and outlets. Before next month, our products would be made available in supermarkets and outlets as they have made some orders with us already”, he explained.
Oluwasegun called on interested individuals who want to invest in Adesh Farms and be part of the opportunities the company provides.
“We are calling for more investors and have different packages for them, we have the Garri processing investment with #100,000 and other ranges, cashew and cocoa farm at #500,000, we also have least a land package, it’s just for them to bring their seeds and plants, we have already plowed the land”
Commenting on the safety measures of the farms, Oluwasegun pointed out that all the farms are being insured by Leadway Assurance Company Limited.
“We are also calling on private individuals to come on board to support local farmers through the different sort of investment packages we have onboard for them,” he said.
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