Pumpkin vegetable has been identified as a huge money spinner.
This was revealed by the Workshop/Training Manager in Pumpkin farming in Imo State, Ambassador Innocent Dike.
He said pumpkin farming is a huge source of revenue and urged the people of Imo State to engage themselves in pumpking farming.
Speaking to journalists in Owerri on the benefits of pumpking farming, Amb. Dike and other trainers on organic pumpkin leaf farming titled “Vegetable Revolution” in Imo State, stated that there are lots of opportunities in the farming of pumpkin (ugu) and other vegetables like (Nchanwu) Saint leaf, bitter leaf, chili pepper, utazi, pineapple, potato, thyme, garden egg, mushroom, okra, onions, groundnuts, etc.
He revealed that the Anambra State government is raking in over five million Dollars from pumpkin (ugu) exportation to the United Kingdom and USA. He urged the Imo State government to take a cue from Anambra State.
Dike further outlined the health benefits of pumpkin leaf and other vegetables to include boosting of blood and curing of some terminal ailments in the body.
He called on politicians and well meaning Imolites to support the youths and women on some of the workshop trainings being organized to train them on modern ways of farming of these money spinning vegetables and crops.
He equally called on Imo State government to avail herself of the opportunity of the training/workshop to assist most graduates who want to engage in this line of agriculture for a better tomorrow.