Plateau Govt. to boost agriculture through green house farming

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Gov Caleb Mutfwang
Plateau Govt. to boost agriculture through green house farming
The Plateau Government, through the Agro Climate Resilience, in Semi-Arid Landscape (ACReSAL), has taken steps to boost agriculture in the state using green house farming technology.
Mr Garba Gonkol, Plateau ACReSAL Project Coordinator, said the move was in collaboration with the federal ministries of agriculture, environment, and water resources.
Gonkol, who led stakeholders to inspect a demonstration plot for a green house farm of cucumbers in Vom, Jos South Local Government, said the efforts would boost food production in the country.
The project coordinator stated that the aim of the project was to transfer knowledge of modern farming techniques, whereby everything was controlled, from the water, sunlight, wind, and diseases.
According to him, within a limited time of eight weeks from planting, one can harvest the crops, which can be done twice a year.
He further stated that the aim of ACReSAL was to have a green environment, and described green house farming as a new technology that had been accepted globally.
“For us at least, seeing what is on the ground right now, ACRsSAL is seen to be achieving the goal.
The aim of ACReSAl is to “green the environment”, so basically, we want to also thank the contractor and the service provider, for carrying out the task according to specification.
“The essence of having this, is not just for the fruits that we are obtaining from this farm; it is for the technology.
“And so, having established and achieved this so far, there is a tendency for us to deploy the technology to farmers, which I believe my technical officers, in collaboration with the farm manager, have done.
“I believe that in this, we have actually achieved so much; you know, greenhouses have so many other benefits apart from being resistant to diseases.
“Another very important thing that people should be aware of is that this particular greenhouse, apart from growing disease-resistant varieties, is also like this room for early-maturing crops.
“You know, when you green the environment, the resultant effect is not just what you can get, but it stabilises the entire environment, in terms of the system, in terms of climate,” he added.
According to Mr Nambal Hassan, Acting Natural Resource Officer of the project, the technology provides more harvest.
Hassan said that they were able to transfer knowledge of modern farming techniques or smart agriculture, whereby in the greenhouse, using a drip system, everything (water, sunlight, wind, diseases) is controlled.
He pointed out that within the limited time of eight to 10 weeks, crops could be harvested, and they would last for as long as three months.
“So with this, we expect that how we embrace technology will increase food yield and food security,” Hassan said.
Mr Friday Bako, the Service Provider of the project, expressed belief that if the technology was scaled down to other farmers, the country would enjoy food security.
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