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Obasanjo one of Nigeria’s Leading Farmers

Olusegun Obasanjo is a former Nigerian Army general who was President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. Some believe he is the best President Nigeria has even seen, but Zimbabweans will remember the let down Obasanjo gave the country when he declared the last elections free and peaceful. Besides his political career, He is a successful farmer, with one of the largest farms in Nigeria. Some will argue that he started farming through the use of public funds. That may or may not be true, but Obasanjo shows that there can be success after public office.

We have seen the emergence of New Farmers in Zimbabwe. Tobacco farmers have made their entry into the Zimbawean economy, but the real farmers are the politicians with access to real money that is required to make it good in agriculture. Even the politicians are failing to make it big in Agriculture and a lot of arable land that they have taken is not being used.

Obasanjo owns Ota Farm, which is also called Obasanjo Farms. The large farm was formally opened on October 8, 1979, a week after Obasanjo handed over power to a civilian administration on October 1, 1979. At inception, the farm took off as Temperance Enterprises Limited (Farming Venture). It later became Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Limited.

Obasanjo Farms indeed took off in grand style, indication that Nigeria’s former president meant serious business. This probably accounts for the growth, expansion, sustainability and consolidation witnessed in the evolution of the farm, considering how it started and where it is now.

The farm took off with two layer houses containing 100, 000 birds each and five broiler houses of  12,000 each, in addition to two feed mills of three tons per hour each. The large farm, which has up to 7,000 workers started with four bulldozer operators. Today, Obasanjo makes up to N34million, about US$200 000 daily from Ota Farm, which has branches in Ibadan and Igbo-Ora, Oyo State. This is no small earning for the former president whose farm has played a significant role in the development of agriculture and food production.

Obasanjo also uses the farm complex at the Agbe L’ Oba House, Ota, the Ogun State headquarters of the farm, to hold political and diplomatic meetings.

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