The ban on the import of tomatoes, – FG Dangote Tomato MD said
On Thursday, the CEO of the Dangote tomato processing plant in Kadawa, Kano state, Abdulkarim Kaita, asked the federal government to ban imports of tomato paste, as if it would ban rice imports into the country.
This is due to the fact that he condemned the import of tomato concentrate, which, in his opinion, was still flourishing as goods were imported from Cameroon and Cotonur to the Republic of Benin.
Kaita phoned the village of Kadawa in Kura State LGA on Thursday when she celebrated the distribution of tomato seedlings to 5,000 farmers through the Anchor Borrower of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The director also hinted that the company has plans to make Nigeria self-sufficient and able to export tomatoes by building the largest greenhouse in Africa, capable of producing 350 million seedlings a year.
According to him, “we are asking the federal government to introduce a complete ban on the import of tomatoes, as was the case with rice.
“The ban is necessary to increase local production of the commodity and ensure Nigeria’s self-sufficiency in tomato production.
“The ban on the import of tomato concentrate will lead to the creation of more tomato processing plants, which will create jobs for many people in the country.
“The company visited customs several times and met with the Comptroller General to file a complaint about this, but nothing was done to control the bad trend.
“Only by imposing a complete ban on the import of tomatoes can the government encourage farmers to grow them so that the country is self-sufficient.
“The company worked with the central bank of Nigeria as part of an anchor program for borrowers to provide tomato growers with high-yielding seeds that would allow them to produce just 40 tons per hectare.
“Likewise, the company is working hard to make Nigeria self-sufficient in tomato production by building the largest greenhouse in Africa, capable of producing 350 million seedlings per year.
“The country has 12 major tomato producing states that, if fully grown, Nigeria could start exporting tomatoes next year.
“The largest greenhouse in Africa was created to grow tomatoes in the country using high-yielding tomato seedlings,” said Kaita.
In his remarks, Sani Dunlady-Yadakwari, President of the Kano State Section of the Nigerian Tomato Growers Association, thanked the federal government for including the tomato value chain in the anchor borrower program, stressing that it would go a long way. to increase the production of tomatoes in the country.
Some of the items that tomato growers have taken advantage of include seedlings, fertilizers, a water pump, and other materials.
Source: – Vanguard