Nigeria: Maximising advantages of greenhouse farming

According to Dizengoff W. A. (Nigeria) Ltd, greenhouse farming is a real sustainable source of income for small scale farmers, and its use “provides youth employment, reduces rural-urban migration, grows vegetables nearer to market, increases food security in the vegetable segment, encourages transfer of knowledge and know-how.”

It takes a shorter period - two months - for greenhouse-produced tomatoes to mature, while it takes a minimum of three months with outdoor farming. Due to controlled irrigation and temperatures, the crop sports a continuous output of flowers and fruits, all at different stages. And one plant has a potential of up to 15 kilogrammes at first harvest, going up to 60 kilogrammes by the time it has completed its full cycle.

The plant vines are supported inside the greenhouse with sticks and strings, growing up to 50 metres in height. If well looked after, the minimum plot of land under greenhouse production can yield up to 5,000 tonnes of tomatoes per cycle.
An agronomist at Agronet, a greenhouse farm located around new Bodija, Ibadan, said the farm had recorded 3,500 kilogrammes of tomatoes from 1000 plants. He, however, said it requires adequate attention and commitment to do well.

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