“I never wished to study Agriculture as a major, but today, I’m a successful farmer” – Mutiu Oreagba, CEO Agroclique Resources.
“Whatever your hands find doing, do it to the best of your ability” was the strategy that Mutiu Oreagba adopted when he found himself being a student of Crop Production and Protection over 15 years ago against his natural wish. In a country where youth unemployment rate stood at 21.5% as at first quarter 0f 2016, Mutiu has proved that it does not matter what happens to you, what matters is how you react to it!
Today, his story is not only inspiring but also serves a gleam of hope to many hardworking Nigerian youths who already thinking of embracing agriculture as an alternative option.
Mutiu is a dairy farmer, an entrepreneur and CEO of Agroclique Resources Limited, a full service Agricultural consulting firm he established in 2012. He currently serves as a consultant for Ondo State Government in South West, Nigeria under the Ondo State Agrobusiness City project.
He started his journey towards being a farmer at the prestigious University of agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria and according to him, he attempted to change his course of study several times, all to no avail. Eventually, he settled for the unpopular choice of studying Crop Production and Protection. “fter several attempts to change my course of study proved abortive, I accepted it as my own destiny.” says Mr. Oreagba.
After College graduation, he was posted to Nassarawa, a state in Northern Nigeria to “serve” his country under the mandatory National Youth Service Corp program popularly known as NYSC. This program was initiated in July 1973 as a way of encouraging and developing common ties among the Nigerian Youth while also promoting national unity. However, since the early 90’s lots of many parents and graduates alike have developed lack of interest in completing the program outside of their region due to lack of adequate security, bad roads in some parts of the country amongst other things.
Therefore, choosing to go to Nassarawa was indeed a bold step for Mutiu. While minding his business in Nasarawa, Mutiu was presented with the rare opportunity to work at Nagari Integrated Dairy Farms owned by Senator Abdulahi Adamu Serikin Keffi, former Governor of Nasarawa State. This farm according to Mutiu was a training ground for every Youth Corp member posted to the state. Therefore, he seized the opportunity to learn, work and learn some more. He was exposed to “an undefinable” mechanized farming system and had the privilege of working and connecting with 40 expatriates all across the world. “Can you imagine picking 40 brains from across the world?” Mutiu asked.
After his Youth Service, he was retained and chose to work at the farm for 10 years equipping himself with the invaluable wealth of knowledge and expertise. This experience not only dramatically boosted his career as a farmer but also helped him to accept full responsibility for his future.
In 2012, a window of opportunity opened when he was approached by Ondo State Government to manage the state’s cattle contain with about one thousand cows on arable farm land! He gracefully accepted the offer and after working on the farm for 2 years, he was appointed as a Special Assistant to the Ondo State Governor on farm settlement.
“Ondo State Government is really committed to reviving the Agricultural Sector in line with its goals of encouraging talented and motivated youths to go into agricultural businesses” says Mutiu. Venturing into Agriculture is one of the ways to reduce youth unemployment while also suppressing poverty – one of the factors that has caused Nigeria’s setback.
Mutiu also says he is committed to reviving the originality of Agriculture in Nigeria. In his words, “I have a role to play in Nigeria as a whole in order to revive the originality of Agriculture. During the era of then-President Olusegun Obasanjo, he adviced Nigerians to adopt back yard farming system but we thought “this man have started again with his joke”. Today, it is no longer a joke rather it has become a neccesity for everyone to look inwards and tap into the categories of value chain in the Agricultural Sector. With this Nigeria will move forward”.
When asked, Mutiu says, Agrocliique Resources Limited provides the following core services:
–Establishment and Management of Farms
-Evaluation and Sales of “Distress” farms
– Short Trainings and Agricultural Consultancy
-Sales and Supply of Agricultural Inputs
Mutiu is a native of Lagos State but he’s currently based in Ondo State, happily married and blessed with 3 children. His favorite quote reads “fallibility of a man is not due to his stupidity but a neccesity for the attainment of his prosperity.“. When he’s not on the farm, he’s either playing scrabble, making new friends or traveling.
In foresight, his core desire is to be among the decision makers on Agriculture in Nigeria as a whole and to upcoming entrepreneurs, he says, “Don’t give up, always be consistent, be focused and surely you’ll get there.”
To connect with him, kindly send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +2348036028160/+2349096438250!
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