By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja
A Nigerian based in the United States of America, Mr Dipo Adesina has said that many Nigerians in the diaspora are now investing heavily in the nation’s agricultural potentials back home.
According to Dipo, like most people, he was not interested in agriculture or farming but when he came across a news story, his perception change making him to embarked on an agricultural campaign that make a lot of Nigerians in the diaspora to invest on the agricultural potential of Nigeria in the country even though the live abroad.
“I always assumed such occupation was reserved for people who lived in remote and rural areas. However, this perception soon changed on February 5th, 2016, when I came across a news article in Vanguard with headline, “Nigerians will starve to death by 2050 – The Presidency.”
“The headline immediately caught my intention. I was curious to find out what would make a nation of over 180 million people to starve to death.”
“I realised that it was based on the shortage of food being produced in the country and if nothing is done to ensure all year round production, the supply will not meet the demand of the 500 million + Nigerians by 2050.”
“From that moment I developed an intense interest in agriculture. The only challenge I had was that I did not know how to get involved since I was based in the United States. But suddenly I remembered a cousin of mine who was a plantain farmer in Nigeria,” Dipo said.
According to him, “In 2010 I contacted my friend who had quit his job to become a full-time farmer. He gave me a brief synopsis of his experience and success over the years. I establish my own farm with about 20 acres of land. A plantain farm. And since I couldn’t be present to monitor the progress, he would frequently send me pictures and videos of the farm activities.”
“In 2016 when I visited the farm, Agro Angels farm, I was convinced that there was a huge opportunity waiting to be explored in agriculture. I spoke to several friends who were interested in investing in the Nigerian agricultural potentials once they heard of my progress. That prompted me to create an organized reliable system designed to connect Nigerians in the diaspora with agricultural investment opportunities, thus becoming remote farmers in Nigeria but living in the US,” he said.