From Zero to Pro
From Zero to Pro
Mary Onyeka is a 25-year old agropreneur from Lagos, Nigeria. Her company produces cucumber in large scale. Mary is a beneficiary of the Agribusiness masterclass. The Agribusiness masterclass was formulated to create decent rural employment opportunities for Nigerian youth in agriculture. It is expected to create 750,000 jobs for the youth over a 5-year period. So far, 6,618 young Nigerian agropreneurs have been trained in different value chains.
Through the Agribusiness masterclass, Mary was able to set up a commercial cucumber farm in Lagos, called Mary Farms.
Mary Farms is rapidly expanding and can currently boast of 5 regularly contracted young employees. But in peak seasons, the farm provides additional temporary job opportunities. Mary sells Mary Farms products locally in Lagos State, to markets, individuals and restaurants. The Agribusiness masterclass funds allowed Mary Farms to improve in infrastructure, set up a presence online and therefore increase its clients’ base. The company has seen significant progress in the past years.
Mary’s success story has gained attention in the media and has been featured on CNN’s African Voices. The opportunity from the media has taken the business to a new higher level. Her farm is now regularly organizing fieldtrips to the farm with schools, to encourage students to learn about agriculture and develop interest in building a career in agriculture. This would enable the youth to explore the agricultural sector as a business and employment opportunity.
Soil health is probably the most important aspect of crop management as it deals with the soil properties
Practice organic agriculture to produce a clean environment
Seeds undergo genetic engineering techniques to produce certain traits.
The Agribusiness Masterclass has been designed to empower the next generation of African farmers