Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development has inspected the first organic banana plantation by an Indian-based company to increase the country’s agro- export potential.
Inspecting the plantation in Kwali Area Council he said that the project which was the first of its kind, would employ young Nigerians and meet both local and export demands for bananas.
The minister, who said the project was in line with the Nigerian government’s `Green Alternative’ agric programme, assured that the government would continue to provide enabling environment for agriculture investments to thrive.
Ogbeh said that the banana plantation would be replicated in Osun, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Taraba, Edo and Oyo states within the next few weeks.
Mr. Thomas Chackunkal, the Managing Director of the Contec Global Agro, the initiators and owners of the banana farm said the plantation is a 250 hectare in a biological safe demonstration farm.
Contec agro develops organic farming products such as bio-seed, bio-fertiliser, and bio-planting to help Africa develop its agricultural industry and ensure food security for the future.