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Horticulture, a million Naira trade neglected by Nigerians

A cross-section of horticulturists in Abuja say that horticulture could create a million naira trade if properly harnessed.

Some of them told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that horticulture was one business that a lot of people undermined its potentials.

They, however, urged Nigerians to explore horticulture business as it could boost the nation’s economy.

According to them, horticulture is not only for beautification, there are other benefits from the extraction of plants.

Mr Umaru Mustapha, a horticulturist, said that some of them who were into horticulture had realised the benefits in plants,  which are not common, especially among people who are not knowledgeable in the business.

“Besides planting these trees as ornaments or for beautification, there are other benefits derived from them for medicinal purposes and economic development.

”Some plants can be useful for fabrics, as the sector can create million naira trade, which many people had neglected.

“I have worked with Al-bustan Integrated Global Garden for some years and I have realised that the business is lucrative.

”The major challenges confronting the sector are competition from other sellers, pest control and plant diseases, as well as high cost of water during the dry season.

“However, the best season for better sales is the rainy season, as flowers grow faster during this season, ” he said.

Mustapha, however, appealed to the Federal Capital Territory to create an enabling environment for them as most of them were operating on the roadside.

Mr Abdulameen Sariki, another horticulturist, said some plants could be useful for food production to some extent.

According to Sariki, we transport some flowers to different parts of Nigeria as people demand for beautification of houses, for fresh fruits and vegetables, for herbs and many more. ”

On the fund to start up the business, Sariki said a beginner could start it with N10, 000.

“You can start the business with at least N10,000 to N20,000, while undergoing six months to a year training, this is because flowers, plants, and trees are different and have different species, ” he said.

In his contributions, Mr Sunday Philip, another horticulturist, noted that people, especially youths were undermining the potential in the horticulture business.

Philip advised youths not to wait for the government for everything, adding that such businesses were capable of bringing income for them.

“As it is today in Nigeria, many plant species are no longer found around us.

” With the knowledge acquired from this business, we have been able to revive plants which were already going extinct.

”This, has helped me to meet people’s demand for these plants and it has made me travel to different places to find them, ” he said.

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