Dizengoff is Committed to Bridging the Gap in Tomatoes Production in Nigeria
Dizengoff is committed to bridging the gap in the production of tomatoes in Nigeria with its greenhouse technological concept.
The Dizengoff farmers Kit (DFK) is a technology which was specifically developed to enable farmers produce high quality, fresh tomatoes all year round anywhere in Nigeria. The kit yields up to 4 tonnes of tomatoes in a 6-month season from a single (8m x 24m or 192m2) greenhouse; in comparison, the traditional open field tomato cultivation with best agricultural practices yields a maximum of 7 tonnes per hectare (10,000m2). Clearly, the DFK replicated over one hectare yields 19 times more tomatoes than the traditional open field cultivation.
According to the Integrated Project Manager – Sustainable Livelihoods, Mr. Oscar Walumbe “our greenhouse is essentially a controlled environment limiting the devastating effects of insect pests and diseases that ravage vegetables including tomatoes. It is not rain-fed but brain-fed, as it comes complete with a customised drip irrigation system. With little amount of land space and water, you are sure to get a yield far higher than your traditional open field production”.
Oscar further explained that “Nigeria consumes over 2.3 million tonnes of tomatoes annually, while it currently produces about 1.8 million tonnes locally. However, only 50% (0.9 million tonnes) of the produce makes it from farm to fork, thereby creating an immediate gap of 1.4 million tonnes to filled. This gap in essentially filled via importation, a scenario which puts more pressure on the demand for the already scarce US dollars. Nigerians can now leverage on the immense opportunity offered by the Dizengoff Farmers’ Kit so we can limit the foreign exchange spent on importing tomatoes annually while also providing employment for our teeming but unemployed youths”.
Also speaking at the media field day, the Marketing Communications Manager, Dizengoff Nigeria, Humphrey Otalor, said “as a company, we see the huge employment opportunity the greenhouse has created for Nigerians, both directly and indirectly and we believe that with participation from both the private and public sectors, the DFK will create about 1000 jobs directly and indirectly in the next 2 years”. He added “our strategy in bridging the gap in tomatoes production is to ensure that farming is made attractive even amongst our youths, through modern technology with the greenhouse farming concept and access to quality inputs and technical support. We know that there are readily available markets for the quality of tomatoes produces in our greenhouses”.
Nigeria is blessed with an abundance arable land which very few countries can boast of, it has the potential of not only feeding Africa but the world. Over the years, too much reliance on the now dwindling oil sector for economic growth has been the bane of the agricultural sector. However, this is the best time to start resuscitating the agricultural sector, beginning with the vegetable crops such as tomatoes, pepper, cucumber, water melon, sweet melon and the likes.
Dizengoff Nigeria is a member of the Balton CP Group UK, with presence in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria). In Nigeria, the company was established in 1958, making it 58 years of operations in Nigeria. Dizengoff has 2 major divisions; Agriculture and Communications Technology.