Considering the fact that many, most especially the youths, don’t like being called farmers even when their career path is along that line, the existing farmers in villages are moving out in droves.
Majority of students studying Agric related courses in all our institutions of higher learning found themselves there because they didn’t meet the requirements for their most preferred courses of study.
Older farmers are also not encouraging their children to take over from them.
We live in a country/ continent that has the largest Arable land in the world, yet we still import lots of our basic food needs, including fish, poultry, rice, vegetables e.t.c.
Someone said, “if industry must grow, Agriculture must not remain stagnant “. How then does Africa hope to catch up with the rest of the world if we still depend on them for our basic food need?
How do we hope to be industrialized if we can’t grow, process and package our farm resources? 70% of the world’s cocoa production is from Africa, yet there isn’t any world class chocolate/ cocoa processing company that originated from Africa or is based here.Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, next only to crude oil. Almost 20% of the world’s coffee beans production is from Africa but sadly, no world class coffee company is from Africa! In fact, the irony of coffee is that while 90% of the world coffee production is from the third world, 90% of its consumption is from the developed world.
Agriculture employs the highest number of Africans yet, we are the ones suffering the most form hunger.
The question to ask is, why do people suffer in the midst of plenty? The answer is IGNORANCE. “My people perish(destroyed) for lack of knowledge”.
The wealthy farmers blog is an initiative of Bic Farms Concepts(www.bicfarmsconcepts.com), and it’s a platform for redefining agriculture and Agribusiness in Africa by a simple tool of motivation. We are out to motivate farmers or Agripreneurs at all levels by featuring different self-made African farmers and sharing their success stories.
We call these crop of farmers ROLE MODELS.Our role model farmers are from different Agribusiness fields, different countries and different backgrounds. The three similar features in them are: firstly, they are people of African origin(either by birth, nationalization, or citizenship), secondly, they have their headquarters in Africa, and thirdly, they are successful in their own right.
By sharing their stories with you, you will learn what they did right so as to copy or innovate their system, as well as get inspired and motivated to even want to surpass them.
In this quote by Marianne Williamson, which forms the basis of the inaugural speech given by the greatest and the most celebrated African- Nelson Mandela, the summary of wealthy farmers blog is defined:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”.
This quote defines what our mission is:- To Unlock the African Agripreneur’s full Potentials via Role Modelling.
So, watch out for our interviews, short stories, documentaries, teachings, e.t.c.
To your success in Agribusiness.