To fulfill my promise of promoting Young farmers and youth in Agribusiness, supporting their family farms, I will be promoting Young Family Farmers (YFF) every month on this page. Today, I will be telling the story of Ibrahim Fareed, the CEO of Dola Farms. Ibrahim is currently an undergraduate student of Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, where he is studying Agricultural Extension and Rural Development and in his 400 level (Farm Practical Year). His story inspired me a lot because he utilized what others called a bad situation to build his business.
During the long Academic Strike of lecturers in Federal and State Universities in Nigeria, Ibrahim was busy applying the knowledge he gained in over one year of working at his uncle’s poultry farm. He wasn’t going into broiler for meat production, he was doing quail egg and meat production in his family house in Lagos state. In case you don’t know Quail farming, it’s ever becoming a big business in Nigeria, with one crate (30 eggs) going for between N800 – N1000 and even more. Quail is a small bird and its egg and meat is said to heal several ailments and health conditions.
When asked his driving force towards Quail farming, he said: “I am a God fearing and peaceful person, always passionate about agriculture and that drives me. I hope to become a successful farmer someday as I see myself very big in the agricultural world.” By working hard and not giving up also having faith in God, he has the intention of adding great innovations that will improve his farm.
It is noteworthy that the support of his parents led to his success; also he believes the customer is king and he does this by attending to them when they need his attention, always treating them equally. His advice to Youths: “Youths need to keep their head up high. They should be determined and also be focus despite the odds they face, because focus is the main key.”
Interestingly Ibrahim is now back to school after the long old strike and has resumed academic activities but Dola farms still runs perfectly with the assistance of his family, You can still get Quality Quail egg from him :Ibrahim Fareed olamide| Contact: 07017673860, 08073460582| firstname.lastname@example.org.
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