“How Poultry Business turned my N50,000 into millions” – CEO, Ogunmekan Farms

“How Poultry Business turned my N50,000 into millions” – CEO, Ogunmekan Farms

It’s one thing to start a chicken farm, but to start an actual business out of it is something else entirely. You are not only going to become a chicken farmer, but a businessperson as well, depending on what markets you want to target and what part of the poultry industry you want to tap into. In the poultry industry, there are two main sectors: Layers, which are chickens bred and raised to produce eggs, or Broilers: chickens raised and bred to be slaughtered. Whatever sector you choose, you have to make responsible managerial and financial decisions to make your chicken farm business a profitable one.

In this series, we will be talking about the Poultry Business. How it has helped people and the nation’s economy at large, what it takes to start a farm, the challenges involved, tips to overcoming them, the business of poultry farming and empowering potential “Agropreneurs” with opportunities around the business.

Firstly, we’ll like you to meet our guest. He is the CEO of Ogunmekan farms. This is a man who has been in the business for almost 2 decades. You can be sure of the wealth of experience he has gotten over the years. He’ll give us insight into venturing into the business and how to make it as an entrepreneur in the field of Agriculture.

So, very briefly, let us quickly get to meet him, shall we?

  • Can We Meet You?

I am Kehinde Ogunmekan, a poultry farmer living in Ibadan. I graduated from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in 2005. My farm is located in the outskirts of Ibadan. Farming is my passion; something I have been doing since I was a teenager. This encouraged me to study Agriculture in the University and I decided to make it my profession.

  • Since when have you been in the Poultry farming business?

I have had interest in poultry farming since my teenage days. It has been up to almost 20 years. There are challenges in Agriculture, but one’s passion will keep the fire burning even when there is temptation to quit.

  • What does it take to start a poultry farm?

Basically, the question that needs to be asked before venturing into the business is this: How much do I want to invest? This is a good starting point to get advice on which level is safest to start. The funds determine where to start; as it is advisable to start small if the fund available isn’t large. You basically don’t need millions of Naira to start a poultry farm. I started with 100 birds when I started about 20 years ago. And today, this year alone, I have stocked 13,000 birds. The best way is to start with what you have. I advise the following:

*Dream big.

*Learn the needed tips

*Plan properly (How much do you have with you to invest? What is your target?)

*Ensure your Management practice is solid. Ensure you don’t buy anyhow birds (Day-olds), lest you have anyhow problems along the line.

*Start small and put in your very best.

  • How much did you start your farm with?

It has been a long time though. I started with less than N50,000. And right now, just the buildings and landed property worth about 17million Naira.

  • What basic things would you tell someone who wants to venture into Poultry business?

The first basic thing is Passion. Do you have passion for agriculture? Don’t dabble into it because everybody is into it. Have passion first! Reading Agriculture is no criteria for being successful in the business. There is no absenteeism in farming as your presence is needed to monitor the farm steadily.

Once the passion has been fine-tuned, Knowledge of the business, technical know-how, Availability of funds for purchase of materials such as feeds, drugs and other day-to-day needs can be put in place.

  • How do you manage unforeseen challenges in the business and still keep the farm running?

At a particular time, I took a break from personal farming. I went to learn from the masters in the business. After I came back, the experience I gathered kept me going. So, the place of Knowledge can’t be over-emphasized. There are surely going to be unforeseen challenges, but the desire to succeed in the industry would work wonders for whoever wants to succeed in the business. With the aid of the acquired knowledge and my passion for the business, I managed the challenges and Glory to God, I am happy today.

  • As an entrepreneur, how have you been able to maintain focus?

The poultry farming I know is easy for me. I understand how to get around the challenges, unlike if you ask me to venture into Oil and gas business, if challenges come, I may not be able to get over it as easily as I would in Poultry business. So, it is easier for me to stay focused in this industry. Three major words I would like to emphasize are: Passion, Knowledge and Focus.

Watch out for the next post where this interview continues.

Author

Jerry Adeyeri

Jerry Adeyeri

Adeyeri O. Jerry is into Public relations, Photography and Event hosting. Trained as an Animal Scientist from the University, yet, his natural flair for communication-oriented activities, arts, music, Public speaking and writing has stood him out among his peers. He is a Peak performance trainer par excellence with a unique way of imparting knowledge via interesting creativity. He also believes in the power of communication to promote brands and create lasting impression in the minds of his target audience. With many years of experience as a Communications personnel, he has embellished various brands with his productive and time-tested public relations skills. He holds a Bachelors Degree from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria.

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