Mini-greenhouses, first step to combat desertification (Willem Van Cotthem)


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Mini-greenhouses, first step to combat desertification

By Prof. Dr. Willem Van Cotthem (University of Ghent – Belgium)

This is the first part of a description of ‘mini-greenhouses’, made of simple and cheap materials like yogurt pots, soda or juice bottles, mushroom trays, plastic bags etc. This kind of inexpensive equipment to produce seedlings of vegetables and trees, e.g. fruit trees, isavailable all over the world and almost free for all the poor, both in rural and urban areas.Seedlings can be grown in mini-greenhouses with a remarkable minimum of irrigation water(saving both water and fertilizer!); they can easily be transplanted in family (kitchen) gardensor school gardens and their survival rate is dramatically higher than that of seedlings orsaplings grown with classical gardening practices.The many advantages of this method make it an efficient first step to combat desertification and…

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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