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University Of Abuja Graduate Turned Ugwu Vegetable Farmer Recounts How Farming Stopped Her From Committing Suicide
A graduate of the University Of Abuja, Miss Felicia Ezekiel has revealed how agriculture once prevented her from taking her own life.
The B.Sc. Accounting degree holder, said this in an interview with NAN in Abuja yesterday.
She recalled that her involvement in agriculture made her to jettison the evil idea of committing suicide because of frustration induced by her staying at home for three years without a job.
“After graduating and staying at home for three years, while seeking a white-collar job as a graduate of Accounting which wasn’t forthcoming, I became anxious and disenchanted.
“I was almost going mad; I even went to the extreme by attempting suicide until a Good Samaritan, who was into Ugwu (pumpkin) vegetable farming, encouraged me to go into farming.
“I reluctantly went into Ugwu vegetable farming as a last resort because I have exhausted all the available options, as advised by my mother.
“I was motivated to go into agriculture because of President Muhammadu Buhari’s agriculture-driven policies which many citizens embraced and became rich after crop growing and harvests.
“Today, I can tell you that I am a proud Ugwu vegetable farmer; through farming, I have started making money and paying my bills.
“I started by renting a parcel of land for N20,000 annually in Kugbaru, Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, and today, I employ over seven persons and have over 40 off-takers,’’ she said.
Ezekiel said Ugwu vegetable farming had given her more that she had bargained for, as she could now count her achievements with joy.
“We have two graduates in the house who are not working, a mother and other siblings, but through Ugwu vegetable farming, I cater for the needs of my entire household.
“It is through Ugwu vegetable cultivation that I pay my house rent and let me shock you; I am currently building a house, which is already at the roofing stage. I am paying the school fees of my younger ones and taking care of my aged mother; through Ugwu vegetable farming, I am able to take care of my family.
“I am planning to engage in the cultivation of other crops like beans, maize and yam during this rainy season but Ugwu vegetable farming will remain my main business.
“My advice for those youths waiting for white-collar jobs is for them to embrace farming because the Buhari-administration is promoting the interests of farmers, including the youth,’’ she said.
April 4, 2018 at 4:52 AM
u have done well young lady. Hope u don’t come across a gold digger
April 4, 2018 at 5:15 PM
Kudos to you, young lady. You made a common sense, practical option while others in your previous condition are doing fraud and finding various means to travel overseas with misguided illusions that life is easy abroad. Encourage others in your household to join in your farming venture and turn it into a big family business for your generations to come, as done by families overseas. There’s nothing more rewarding like owning your own business and being your own boss. Wishing the best as you climb higher on the ladder of success.
April 4, 2018 at 9:16 PM
You started your story so well by telling us what, how and why it happened BUT spoiled your whole story with your conclusion that Buhari’s administration is promoting interests of farmers. Do t let victims of herdsman menace hear that sha