Product Development Department of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) official, Mr Rufus Durodoye has said that agriculture has the potential to foster the economic and social integration of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees, and also enhance the agriculture value chain. In developed countries, sectors such as agriculture, tourism, and care services have become largely dependent on migrants.
According to him Greenhouse farming can create employment for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) and refugees, and boost food security in Nigeria.
He said this while delivering an online presentation on Journalist go Organic, a Pan African movement, in Abuja
“Many refugees originate from rural areas and hold valuable agricultural skills as crop producers, livestock keepers or fishermen. Given the right support and assets, they have the potential to not only feed themselves and their families but enter lucrative markets and prosper,” he said.
According to him, the greenhouse mechanized farming approach has the potential to transform the agricultural sector of rural Nigeria by achieving food security, increasing incomes, and creating new employment opportunities that will foster the economic and social integration of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees, and also strengthen the value chain.
Screen houses are also found in Nigeria and some other African countries. They are equally suitable for temperate regions where the weather is good and are conducive for plants growth.