All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Niger State has urged the Federal Government to put the right structures in place before banning importation of tomato paste into the country. Alhaji Shehu Galadima, AFAN chairman in the state, gave the advice in Minna in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“I am in support of the planned ban on importation of tomato paste into the country by the Federal Government. This is because the importation is not growing our economy in terms of local and foreign trade. “You also find out that some of these importers import all kinds of substandard tomato pastes that can be hazardous to the public,” he said.
Galadima, however, said the policy would fail if the right structures are not put in place by government bef
As reported by Pulse TV, The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has confirmed that its intervention in tomatoes production currently stands at a little over 10 billion Naira in eight projects.
It stated that one of the projects, which is Dangote Green House tomato manufacturing project, had the capacity to produce 10 million tomato seedlings in a month.
According to the apex bank, the project had the capacity to save the economy over 250 million dollars annually as well as generate one million jobs from supporting smallholder farmers in tomato cultivation to paste.
The business model will require the tomatoes seedlings be sold to about 5,000 outgrowers that would grow and supply the tomato.
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Dangote Tomato Processing Plant has resumed operation after suspending production about two years ago due to lack of raw materials.
Africa’s biggest tomato plant in the commercial city of Kano suspended production one year and five months after it was launched.
The supply disruption was also partly caused by a price dispute with farmers.
Bloomberg reports that the factory, with a capacity for 1,200 metric tons of tomato paste daily which is targeted at meeting domestic demand, restarted production last week.
It processed about 100 tons a day and will ramp up output as tomato supply improves.
“Our major challenge is the scarcity of the tomato that would be sufficient for our daily production,” Kaita said in an interview at the factory in Kadawa, outside the northern city of
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