‘Greenhouse technology to aid Nigeria’s tomato export opportunity’

By Editor |   12 September 2018   |   3:17 am  

Tomato farm

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has commended an indigenous producer of tomato, Wells Hosa Greenhouse Farms Limited, for deploying the use of greenhouse technology to produce exportable tomatoes in the country.

The Executive Director, NEPC, Olusegun Awolowo, explained that with the technology, Nigeria could now start to export tomatoes to every part of the world, maintaining that the technology would also help to end the era of Nigeria’s tomatoes being infected by different forms of diseases hence unacceptable overseas.

The NEPC boss stated this at the first harvest launch of Wells Hosa GreenHouse Farms Limited in Edo State.

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Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, said the Federal Government had endorsed greenhouse farming to boost food production in the country, saying that before the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, agriculture was seen as a government’s programme, but stressed that with Wells Hosa GreenHouse Farms initiative, Nigerians were seeing it as a business and investment.

Awolowo said: “He wants to create wealth for the people in Edo State and also creating job opportunities.

It is a good idea to use the green house technology, because all year round they would be growing and you can see the massive project he has embarked on and I believe if it is not the biggest in Africa it will be the biggest in West Africa.

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