An official from the Commodity Development Department of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr. Rufus Durodoye, said greenhouse agriculture can create jobs for displaced people and refugees, and enhance food security in the country. Nigeria.
He said this during an online presentation on Journalist go Organic, a pan-African movement, in Abuja.
According to him, agriculture has the potential to foster the economic and social integration of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and also to improve the agricultural value chain.
In developed countries, sectors such as agriculture, tourism and care services have become largely dependent on migrants.
“Many refugees are from rural areas and have valuable agricultural skills as crop growers, herders or fishers. With the right support and assets, they have the potential to not only feed themselves and their families, but also enter lucrative markets and thrive.
They could also contribute to local economic development, thereby benefiting other refugees and their host communities.
According to him, the mechanized greenhouse farming approach has the potential to transform the agricultural sector in rural Nigeria by ensuring food security, increasing incomes and creating new employment opportunities that will foster economic integration and of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, as well as strengthening the value chain.
Greenhouses are also found in Nigeria and some other African countries. They are also suitable for temperate regions where the weather is good and conducive to plant growth.
Durodoye noted that it’s called a screen because the weather problem has been overcome, preventing dust, insects, pests, and unwanted humans and animals from entering the kit.
“Inside the greenhouse, we have equipment like heaters, coolers, fans, etc. to regulate the temperature to the standard required for your plants. This type of greenhouse is mainly found in Europe, Asia, America, etc.
“The Greenhouse or Screenhouse is available in various sizes ranging from 5m x 5m, 5m x 10m, 24m x 24m, 24m x 48m depending on your strength. For a 24m x 48m Screenhouse, you are sure to have 600 stands of plants that you want to enter, so the non availability of land is no excuse.You can do it in your garden or even on your balcony.
“One thing common to them is that both have the same structure, requiring small areas of land, and with proper management of limited resources, one can harvest huge quantities of produce, which alleviates hunger and is a good source of income for the family,” he added.
He added that tomato, harbanero peppers, golden sun, green pepper, cucumber, vegetables as well as yams are some of the food crops that thrive well in a greenhouse.