Taraba state will soon join the league of other states in exporting Agricultural produce to some parts of the world when the Greenhouse farming officially takes off.
This was revealed by the State Governor, Arch. Darius Ishaku during an unscheduled visit to inspect facilities that were shipped into the country in preparation to the full commencement of the project by Onida Development Limited.
Gov. Ishaku said the Greenhouse farm will be engaged in the production of variety of vegetables such as tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce and the Mambilla pepper which is referred to as Cameroon pepper, adding that, even before the commencement of the project some companies in Europe have started indicating interest to partner with Taraba state Government.
He explained that for a start, the primary target to sell the vegetables that would be produced in the state will include Adamawa, Benue, Bauchi, Jos and Abuja.
The Governor said the citing of the project between the State University and the State College of Agriculture is deliberate so that students from both institutions would take advantage of it and graduate as employers of labour and not roaming the streets or waiting on the government seeking white collar job.
The Governor further stressed that, when the project is completed, it would be strategically sited where students would be trained in the modern art of vegetable farming which will help them as well as improve the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state.
He recalled that when he was a Minister of the Niger Delta, he initiated similar project and today the people of Niger Delta are benefiting maximally in the assembling and the repairs of hand sets.
Arch. Darius Ishaku stated that the construction work is suppose to last for about six months which include the construction of desirable sites, damming and the provision of reservoir and overhead tanks and by the ninth month, the vegetable would be at the market for people of the state to take advantage off.
Also, the Project Manager, Onida Development Limited, Mr. Uchenna, showed the Governor the equipment already supplied for the full take off of the Greenhouse project.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku also donated the sum of N200, 000 to coffee farmer, Rebecca Adamu, who specialises in the production of coffee and tea in Gembu, the headquarters of Sardauna Local Government Area.
He said the money is to empower and encourage her to maintain the farm for coffee production.
The governor said coffee is one of the cash crop to be given priority, saying that by the end of this year, the state will be contributing thirty percent of coffee to the country.
He said out of his contributions, he will visit Ethiopia and Kenya for the purpose of coffee and tea respectively to boost the production in the State.
Architect Darius promised to supply the machinery for training, production and processing of coffee.
In her response, Mama Rebecca thanked the governor for the gesture stressing that the money will be used for the purpose which it was meant for.