The Chairperson, Agriculture and Allied Group of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Mrs Edobong Akpabio, said that vegetables and fruits are capable of sustaining Nigeria’s economy, adding that the country was losing huge revenue because of lack of food agronomic practices.
Akpabio who spoke in Ado Ekiti alongside other experts during the ‘3rd Speak Agriculture for the Future Economy’, with the theme, “Value addition in the vegetable value chain: The sub-Sahara Africa prospect”, said, “In Nigeria, we are blessed with an abundance of vegetables/fruits, but because we have never harnessed our fruit strength into commercial gains, we lost the knowledge of fruit farming.” reports punchng.com
Akpabio said fruits could be planted for domestic, commercial and industrial purposes, and for commercial fruit farming, there are principles for productivity and profitability of that activity.
“We need to now consciously and intentionally cultivate our fruits such that they are satisfactory to our market. Right now, we just take our fruits to the major markets and expect that people will buy them. We need to now get back and ensure that we work on our capacity to produce fruits such that they also add to our productivity and profitability as a country,” she said.