Agnes Akinsowon is the CEO, Agnus Livestock Konsult, She is a registered Animal Scientist with the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science and the State treasurer, Animal Science Association, Ogun state chapter, President, Model Farmers Cooperative Multipurpose Society, Owowo, Ewekoro LG and Assistant Secretary; Ogun state Fisheries and Aquaculture Farmers Association.
She is involved with farm enterprises that include poultry production (layers and broilers), pig production (breeder pigs and terminal pigs), catfish grow-out production, palm oil production, and cassava and maize farming.
Agnes has trained over 2000 persons in the past 5 years through organized Seminars and workshops and over 50 undergraduates in Industrial Training and she is currently mentoring over 30 graduates and undergraduates on agribusiness.
She was recently interviewed by MSME Africa.
Can we meet you?
I’m Yetunde Agnes Akinsowon, CEO of Agnus Livestock Konsult; a training and consulting livestock enterprise; also actively involved in livestock and crop farming as well as farm-based food processing.
What inspired your entrepreneurial journey?
My passion for farming and my desire to contribute to food security
Kindly share a high moment for you as an entrepreneur.
Whenever we produce premium products that are loved by our customers and every time we produce food.
Also, it was a high moment when I was invited as a resource person on “Opportunities in Agriculture and Agribusiness in Ogun State” by the Ogun State Government in 2017,
How have you been coping with the challenges of being a female entrepreneur in your space?
It’s really not a challenge. I’m coping better than the average male entrepreneur in this industry.
The focus of this year’s International Women’s Day is to get the world talking about ‘Why equal opportunities aren’t enough.” What do you have to contribute to this?
Because we’re seen as weaker vessels, we get cheated and intimidated because there are lots of physical activities that require physical strength.
What do you hope to see improve in MSME ecosystem in the next 5 years in Nigeria?
- Standardization of market price
- Access to modern tools to optimize food production
- Easy access to funding
Your final words to everyone reading this and hoping to start something like this.
- Live your dream
- Be passionate about your dream
- Be consistent