Special Adviser to Kwara State Governor on Agriculture & Rural Water Support Services, Hon. Anu Ibiwoye (r); Country Manager/CEO, Dizengoff Nigeria, Mr. Antti Ritvonen; Representative of Vegetable Farmers, Kwara State, Pa Dan Odijie, and Coordinator, Kwara Agro Mall,Mr. Temitope Amujo, during a farmers’ field day, organised by Dizengoff for farmers in Kwara State.
Ritvonen added that farmers need to realise that agricultural business is good if people could do it right, seeing it as a serious investment that has the potential to bring great returns.
He reiterated the readiness of the Dizengoff to partner with the state governments, agencies, corporate and individual farmers on modern technologies, equipment and inputs for a more prosperous Nigeria.
Special Adviser to the Kwara State governor on Agriculture & Rural Water Support Services, Anu Ibiwoye said agriculture is paramount in the agenda of the state, noting that it is moving from subsistence food production to agric commercialisation and industrialisation, especially in cashew, Shea butter nuts and cassava production, to mention but a few.
Permanent Secretary in the state ministry of agric, Leader Simeon Opowoye, added that manual agriculture was ineffective, expensive, intensive and extensive, making it irrelevant in the modern age of food production, industrial raw materials requirements.
Oscar Walumbe, Integrated Project Country Manager, Greenhouse unit of Dizengoff, said “greenhouses helps to bridge the gap between weather extremes to stabilise vegetable production,” advising farmers never to produce what they like, but what the market demands, saying greenhouses help farmers use less resources to get greater produce and higher return on investment.