Dizengoff delivers 20 greenhouse units to boost vegetable production
This development, seen by industry watchers as efforts aimed at achieving food sufficiency in the country, would not only boost vegetables production in the state, it also stands as a clear endorsement for the technology by players, both in terms of production and investment.
Managing Director of Best Foods Fresh Farms Mr. Emmanuel Ijewere said the 20 units acquired by the company was done to strengthen its production capacity and put it in a strong position to make significant impact on the huge demand for fresh vegetables in Lagos and across the country.
“Clearly, our capacity to produce more high quality vegetables will be greatly enhanced. And if you do the calculations it means we will be able to do more for our customers and in the market.“
Best Foods Fresh Farms, which has a technical partnership with Dizengoff, is one of the best-known greenhouse farms in Lagos with current production capacity estimated at 30 metric tonnes per-season.
The additional units of greenhouses to its operations is generally seen by stakeholders as “an indication of the success of the technology in the production of fresh, high quality vegetables and potentially may be a stimulus for investors to participate in the country’s huge agric sector.”
Ijewere who also spoke on the significance of the acquisition said: “as a company we have done well. When fully deployed, we are confident that what we have done will significantly propel us and enable us to play a bigger role in the nation’s food production market. So if you ask me, I think we are moving in the right direction.”
Experts have noted that whereas the country’s demand for vegetables is put at over 2.3 million metric tonnes per year, it is only able to produce just about 1.8 million metric tonnes. The greenhouse technology they say is “a potentially very viable option capable of narrowing the gap.”
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