Governor Kashim Shettima, has assured that his administration will boost Borno’s economic potentials through agriculture.
He said this is part of the government’s response to destructions of livelihoods by Boko Haram insurgents across the state.
He spoke at the weekend during a visit to a computerized net house, measuring 53,000 square meters, the largest in sub Saharan Africa.
Shettima inspected the site of the fully funded government project located opposite the State University at Jimtilo, few kilometres from Maiduguri city centre.
The net house, currently at an advanced stage, possesses a dual operation drip irrigation process, a factory for production and fabrication of drip line, as well as emitters to ease maintenance and operation of drip systems and long term sustainability of the project.
Ibrahim Ali, Honourary Adviser on Agriculture, told Shettima at the site that “the net house is to be operated and driven by instruments of sustainability – a closed loop system that ensures sustainability of crop production within the net house.”
“It also consists of a tomato processing plant where waste will be reduced and the effect of seasonal glut on tomato price fluctuations completely eliminated, adding value to the product (tomato).
“The net-house will generate employment and income for the state, boost tomato production, and significantly contribute towards tomato paste import substitution in Nigeria.
“It will also be used to produce seedlings, grow young plants, other food crops, sea foods, trees for reforestation, ornamental trees and many others for the betterment of the populace.”
With skill training for workers to operate the net house, the project will create more job opportunities in the value chain – production, maintenance, packaging, transportation and marketing and solar panel fabrication plant for sustainable uninterrupted power supply.