FARMER FAITH, FARMER FAT SUCCESS!

Success in Veggies biz, Modern practices in farming, veggies farming, local veggies farmers

Faith Okeyedun was opportune to be enrolled in school by his parent from meager income they worked hard to get but his joy of having education was short lived due to lack of employment. He opted to go into full time agriculture with the aim of making both ends meet. He started cultivating indigenous leafy vegetables in and around his house. Unfortunately, having been saddled with responsibility of taking care of his siblings by his aging parents, his expectation of financial sustainability was never fulfilled as his vegetable business often hit the rock due to poor yield, low
patronage and discouraging income.
In his words; the answer to his prayer came when we he came across IFDC2SCALE project barely a year ago, he was involved in a series of activities/training in modern best practices/GAPs involves in vegetable business. Having discovered opportunities involve in cultivating improved seeds of fruit vegetable particularly tomato, Faith applied all the techniques and knowledge acquired into his new venture and immediately realized great result which translate to more than 300% income from farming the same land size (compare to farming his indigenous leafy vegetable) and over X10 yield compare to using local tomato seed and methods. Fortunately for Faith, his first production harvest coincided with the time tomato price skyrocketed in Nigeria due to scarcity and that helped me greatly to earn tens of thousands of Naira.  Faith now has direct access to the markets and inputs. The coaching activity he has attended through the project has also increase his business and technical skill. He has trained over 30 youth farmers in the same trade in the past few months who are working hard to replicate the same fit Faith has attained within a short period.

“In my family, we used to use firewood to cook but now we can afford gas due to an improvement in my financial status and also I can now help my siblings in their education pursuits”

More so, he now coordinates the activities of cluster vegetable farmers in his locality and has turned to a model to emulate by others. Having successfully master open field cultivation of tomato, he is now looking at scaling up his production to many acres next year and also incorporates the use of irrigation facilities and screen house. Faith Okeyedun is one of hundreds of farmers who has benefited from IFDC2SCALE project (Vegetable partnership) in Oyo, Oyo state Nigeria to initiate and expand hybrid tomato cultivation (plus other vegetables).  In addition, the project has also help in developing the vegetable value chain through training and retraining, stakeholders’ meeting and coaching activities. 
Watch the interview with Faith Okeyedun on this youtube LINK. Moreover, do check in later to see what has become of another successful local veggies farmer in our next article on Success Story. Cheers!

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