An unemployed graduate by name Ms. Felicia Ezekiel disclosed how she was rescued from committing suicide by engaging in agriculture. According to her, who is an Accounting graduate, she nearly committed suicide at the time she had no job.
In an interview with NAN, she recalled that her participation in agriculture made her think about the evil idea of killing herself by committing suicide because of the frustration she got while staying at home for more than 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 that Ugwu farming has changed her life tremendously as she never expected her to have as much successful transformation as she enjoys today.
“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.