Nigerian female entrepreneur passionate about agriculture

Nigerian female entrepreneur passionate about agriculture. Photo: Nigerian Media.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – She discovered her interest and an opportunity in the agriculture industry during farm activities supervision work that she was part of in Northern part of Nigeria a few years back.

Entrepreneur, Bose Idowu (35) the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gracevine Agribusiness has never looked back ever since. She employs four permanent staff and six casual farm and factory staff who are hired whenever there is need.

Her company produces Yam flour, Plantain flour, Cleaned Beans, Beans Flour.

“I grabbed the opportunity by buying cowpea or beans which are kept over a period of time which was sold back to the same local market after a period of time at higher price,” she said.
Idowu graduated from the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) with a BSc in Animal Science and an MBA in Agribusiness.

She later joined the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) program in 2012 as part of the Cereals and Legumes team, where she was trained in cultivation and farm management on farms in northern Nigeria.

“I cultivated the habit of saving half of my stipend monthly which was the money I started with ₦500, 000,” she told African Daily Voice.

Idowu graduated from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) with a BSc in Animal Science and an MBA in Agribusiness.

She later joined the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA) program in 2012 as part of the Cereals and Legumes team, where she was trained in cultivation and farm management on farms in northern Nigeria.

Speaking about future plans for her company, Idowu said she sees the company producing at full capacity of 120 tons in a month, exporting their goods all over the country and then creating employment for over 50 young people.

She encourages other young people to start small and with what they have, no matter how small and then expand.

She adds, “Today my factory capacity is 120 tons of yam flour per month but I started with 500kg monthly,
“Never give up, if I can then you can.”

She also reminded the youth that there is nothing sweet and lasting than being independent and the only means to have this is to your own business.

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