Yemisi Iranloye has been dubbed the queen of cassava and she has well earned the name. The hardworking lady runs a cassava business worth billions of naira.
The lady first relocated to a farm in Oyo from Lagos where she started out by growing cassava on a land.
that the lady had fallen in love with the cassava crop during her 10-year stint with Ekha Agro Processing Ltd – an outfit that processes cassava into syrup for glucose.
What initially began as small cassava cultivation with a few farmers blew into a large-scale processing business that has Nigerian breweries and Nestle as clients.
Thanks to credit facilities from the CBN, Yemisi and her network of farmers were able to grow the piece of land into a factory.
Yemisi’s business outfit grows cassava and also buys from smallholder farmers. They produce food-grade starch and high-quality cassava flour. At the moment Nigerian breweries and Nestle are some of her major clients with the business currently raking in over N5 billion in revenue per annum in the space of 10 years.