Dizengoff Nigeria has stated that deploying the use of greenhouse technology can help to bridge the nation’s demand for tomato and vegetable crops, especially as 70 per cent of the tomato consumed in the country was imported.
The Chief Executive Officer and Country Manager, Dizengoff Nigeria, Anti Ritvonen, explained that greenhouse farming was a special technique, profitable and a one-stop shop to achieve food security in Nigeria.
He spoke on Thursday during Dizengoff farmers’ field day, calling on banks and government institutions to seek ways to provide access to farmers to invest in greenhouses, maintaining that there was a huge opportunity for greenhouse technology investments to meet the ever growing demand of Nigeria’s agriculture needs.
He pointed out that Dizengoff had so far built over 4000 greenhouses in the country, which he said represented about 80 per cent of the total greenhouse projects in the country.
He assured investors that with greenhouse technology, Return on Investment was in 18 months while also growing quality and healthy vegetable crops.
Also speaking at the event, the Chairman, Best Food Farms, Emmanuel Ijewere, stressed the need for Nigeria to be abreast with global trends, saying that the total number of greenhouses in Nigeria was a far cry from what was obtainable at the global market.