How To Become A Great Farmer
Solomon was a brilliant Nigerian youth, who went to a renowned Nigerian University to study Agriculture, graduated first three in his class, served as a Youth Corper, and returned home to his parents. He went around Lagos applying for jobs in the bank and finally got a job as a banker in Victoria Island about sixty kilometers away from his parent’s home in Ogba. He always complained about spending most of his salary on transporting himself from their home to his bank in Victoria Island and back home every day.
Unfortunately the bank that he was working in failed and a bigger bank bought it; and fired many bankers, including Solomon. He couldn’t find a job for more than three years though he applied in every company that advertised for employees in the daily newspapers. He discovered that everyone living on their street and neighborhood bought eggs from their neighboring compound, and what startled him the most was that Olu his secondary school classmate that failed WAEC twice was the owner of the poultry where everyone bought the eggs and sold some of the old layers at an exorbitant price of five thousand Naira at Christmas.
Solomon felt very challenged when Olu bought a fairly used Toyota pick-up truck which he used in distributing his eggs to super markets all over Lagos. That evening he confronted his father to permit him to use the plot of land behind their house and start a fish farm. His father quickly agreed because he was very surprised by Solomon’s request.
That evening during dinner Solomon gave his father a sheet of paper containing the list of all the things that he needed to start a fish farm including the cost of labor for digging up fish ponds, water pumping machine, fish feed and six thousand catfish fingerlings. The list totaled up to One Million, Eight hundred thousand Naira. His parents were petrified but his mom winked at his father and he kept quiet.
Five a:m the next morning both parents went to his room and gave him the money in cash and told him that it was all their savings that they had wanted to use and start a three bedroom bungalow on the empty plot that he was going to use as a fish farm. A few days later Solomon with help of a couple of laborers excavated the plot of land and created twelve standard size fish ponds.
He filled up the ponds with water from their borehole and introduced five hundred catfish fingerlings into each pond. He was constantly working in the fish pond and didn’t hire any laborer to assist him. Five months latter everyone in their neighborhood was buying catfish from Solomon. Once he sold out he quickly restocked and at Christmas he bought an old Peugeot pick-up truck which he used in supplying catfish to all the cold stores in Ikeja, Ojodu, Isheri, Ojota, and many other parts of lagos. Solomon made his parents very proud.
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