When it comes to the production and output of horticulture items, Nigeria is at the bottom. It can be attributed to insufficient finance, a lack of support from the government, an unfavourable environment, a lack of available land, pollution, erratic power supply, and other obstacles of a similar nature. However, another significant challenge that poses a risk to the sector’s future is the shortage of gardeners, sometimes known as farm workers.
According to Ogunlesi, a prominent horticultural author, the production of flowers in Nigeria’s horticulture business has the potential to create billions of naira in revenue. According to her, the business is facing severe obstacles, including a lack of support and funding, inadequate infrastructure, a lack of available land, pollution, erratic power supply, and an insatiable demand for products from other countries.
“I am in desperate need of gardeners right now, but there are none available because there is neither a vocation nor training for gardeners,” the property owner said. According to him, other problems affecting the business include:
- Pests and diseases.
- Inadequate agricultural pricing and low fertilizer usage.
- Limited access to agricultural loans.
- Uncertain land tenure.
- Inadequate investment in agricultural research.
- Post-harvest losses.