David Ekanem: I Provide Customers with Fresh, Healthy, and Sustainable Farm Produce

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                                  David Ekanem is an indigene of Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He is a 400L student of Computer Engineering, University of Uyo and the founder of NUPRO Farms. NUPRO farms focus on the cultivation of high-quality crops such as cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, maize and okra.

 

 

The business’s primary goal is to provide customers with fresh, healthy, and sustainable produce while maintaining community-friendly farming practices. David claims that he is an optimist and always seeks the best alternative to solving problems.

David had a strong passion for Agriculture and entrepreneurship and that made him venture into his line of business in 2020. Coming from a family where everyone engages in some sort of agricultural practices, it wasn’t tasking navigating his way around the business. He started with just cucumbers in 2020 in a land size that was barely up to a plot of land, and since then, it’s been amazing.

David affirms that his business is very profitable, and with the right policies, and farming ethics, in 5 years of doing the business, an entrepreneur can be well-known and successful. He started his business with a startup capital of fifty thousand naira (N50,000).

The high point recorded in the business is the increase recorded so far. He started in 2020 with just cucumbers in a land barely up to a plot. However, NUPRO farms have expanded to over 3 farm sites, where he cultivates tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, maize and okra.

 

The low point of the business is losing a complete farm site to theft and animals.

 

Talking about giving up in the face of challenges, he says, “Initially, when I started farming for the first year, I actually gave up several times, but that’s just it and I have come to understand and accept that in business, some unplanned and unexpected challenges may arise but we could always go pass them”.

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David does not work alone, he has a farm manager who oversees the operations on two of the farm sites, and another who fully handles the largest farmland. He has part-time workers whose duties are just to weed the farm because of how skilled they are and full-time employees who live very close to the farm sites. His business is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and SMEDAN. He has also verified his business on Google with the business social media pages are very active and he is currently building a website for the business.

 

David proposes that policymakers and investors should look at making environmental-friendly and conducive policies to help farmers. They can assist farmers by taking action against factors that trigger the increase in prices of transportation, farm chemicals and fertilizers.

 

Contact: nuprofarmsafrica@gmail.com, 08163283237

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