By Solomon Adekola
Nigeria has never had food security. It has as usual been importing rice, beans and other food items. Since the sources of supplied of these importation are in food crisis it has a spillover effect on Nigeria.
The most silent area is that food price will be on the high side, and result to low quantity of food to be import thereby, causing instability in the country economic, social and political sector. Many will starve to death, crime rate will be on the high side, and the rate of poverty will be extremely high.
Poverty in Nigeria is predominantly rural. Of all Nigerians who are poor, nearly two-third lives in rural areas. For the near future therefore, reducing poverty in Nigeria will depend largely on stimulating rural growth. The most powerful engine of rural growth is agricultural growth, because agriculture has important forward and backward linkages to the local economy on both the production and the consumption side.
This will in turn make Nigeria to be sufficient in food and agricultural production, and join the league of industrialized nations by the year 2020 because, agriculture is and has always been a major player in the game of industrial revolution.
To avert possible food crisis in Nigeria, FarmKonnect agribusiness intervene with serious, practical and effective implementation in agriculture sector. Nigeria is very blessed with agriculture resources, about 80% of the land is cultivable, and about 13% of the land is forested, and livestock are also maintained by farmers.
FarmKonnect Agribusiness engaged in the setup of vegetable farms using greenhouse technology to help the food crisis in Nigeria. The project is planned to produce leafy and fruit vegetables with output in excess of 130,000 metric tons of vegetables per annum. The project will facilitate the production of various fruit and leafy vegetables for the local markets.
The first phase of the project includes the use of low-tech green houses for the production of fruit vegetables, such as tomatoes, habanero, bell peppers and so on. The project follows the concept of our Agricultural Real Estate in which a cluster of farming facilities is setup for the sole purpose of production and sales of vegetables.
In this cluster, individuals can own as many greenhouses as they can afford by paying a onetime purchase fee. The beauty of the project is that the owners of the green house do not need to be on farm, the facilities will be completely managed by FarmKonnect on behalf of the owners.