Musa Ibrahim CEO Baruwa Integrated Nig. Enterprise – Is an agricultural engineer by training. His love for agriculture has given him the opportunity to explore all options he can, especially as it relates to agribusiness. He is one of the young agropreneurs who has stood despite the odds and challenge of Nigeria’s agricultural system to succeed. Musa stands out as one who is practising agriculture in different states of Nigeria by linking farmers up with value chain products they need from Bauchi, Minna to Oyo state, Nigeria.
In this interview Musa Ibrahim talks about how growing up was like as a first son of a family of three, brought up by a single father. He talks about his service year project of a 1000 layer bird farm capacity. He currently has established himself in his poultry endeavour as a professional in poultry farming (Layer and breeder flock Management), and also processing, packaging and marketing of Agricultural products.
Musa Ibrahim is rich with optimism, and he believes despite the challenges being faced, the Nigerian youth should never give room for doubt as this (agribusiness), is the right place to be as Nigeria turns towards agriculture. He shares his unique story:
Q. Can you briefly introduce yourself? How was growing up like for you?
Ans: My name is Ibrahim Musa Albaruwa, CEO Baruwa Integrated Nig. enterprise. A business man by passion with interest in Agriculture, and an Agricultural Engineer by training. Graduated from the prestigious Federal university of Technology, Minna. Growing up in Minna was fun. I am the first son in a family of three children and a single father. Growing up for me was a unique experience. My dad a civil servant, served as a teacher and was a disciplinarian; my mum, a gentle and loving woman never had the chance to be with her children. While I was young I met my dad doing something aside teaching in the classroom, he plants foodstuffs for his family needs, he had a large family to feed, and by that way he does it without stress.
Q. Can you please tell us how you came into farming/agribiz?
Ans: I gave farming my first shot in 2010, during my internship, I single handedly trained and financed a 200 birds capacity broiler farm. Later during my service year I made a proposal that brought about a 1000 birds layer farm capacity, which right now its capacity is doubled. Right now am on my second breeder farm management project for Ande-Ola Unique concept.
Q. What societal problems are you solving with your work and what solutions are you using? What are the hurdles currently being faced?
Ans: My work as a CEO Baruwa Integrated is to create a platform to empower myself and fellow Nigerian youths to solve the endemic problems of unemployment. Also to serve as an inspiration and an example towards self-actualization in the Agricultural sector of our Nation’s Economy.
Q. What do you think about youth participation in Agriculture?
Ans: Currently now I believe in the spirit of the Nigerian youth but also realized youth participation in Agriculture is still very low.
Q. What are the challenges of youth engagement in agribusiness as it relates to what you do, How do you think it is affecting Agricultural Entrepreneurship in Nigeria?
Ans: The challenges facing Nigerian youths, militating against their active participation in Agriculture is the lack of basic amenities in the rural areas where agricultural projects are mostly located.
Q. What advice do you have for young people engaged in agriculture?
Ans: For all those young people currently in the industry, I implore you guys to keep the light burning in you, never give room for a doubt for you are in the right place and being there right now, I would say this is the right time.
Q. What do you think government should put in place to improve the agric sector in Nigeria?
Ans: Providing social amenities in the rural areas, such basic necessities for farmers includes electricity and pipe born water as most farms and agricultural activities are located in the rural areas.