Africa’s leading business tycoon, Aliko Dangote has dispersed 20,000 plastic crates (baskets) through his Tomato Processing Company to farmers in Kadawa, Kano state who are specifically into the cultivation of the agricultural produce.
Dangote’s Tomato processing company performed this C.S.R (Corporate Social Responsibility) function to tomato farmers was part of the efforts to marginalize poor management of the agricultural commodity(especially in terms of preservation).
During the course of an interview with the Managing Director of the organisation, Alhaji Abdulkarim Kaita, he revealed that the gesture was borne out of the company’s effort and commitment to support the tomato farmers, particularly farmers residing within the same geographical domain where the company is situated to enable them easily transport the commodity.
He further stressed that the reason for the gesture was not just to the sole benefit of the farmers, but also to the advantage of the company as the farmers are expected to use the crates (plastic baskets) to carefully pack the commodity, keeping it in good shape, before transporting it for processing to the company.
Kaita also expressed in confidence his notion that the company won’t falter in its quest for continuous provision of crates to the farmers to enable them transport the commodity in good condition before disposal.
He urged the beneficiaries to take good care of the items to enable them last long and serve the purpose for which they were provided.
Though, Kaita confirmed that the plant resumed operation about one month ago, yet it still carries out high production activities as it has persistently maintained processing of about 100 tonnes of fresh tomato per day.
“The company has resumed operation about one month ago and since then we have been processing not less than 100 tonnes of the commodity on daily basis.
“We are happy that the company has resumed operation and it is our hope that as time goes on the quantity of the raw material being processed daily will increase,” he said.
According to him, the company was buying the commodity based on the current market prices in order to encourage farmers to produce the commodity at a large scale.
Despite being shut down in terms of production activities for about two years (as a result of inadequate fresh tomato for processing), the Dangote owned company seems positive to maintain consistency towards supporting tomato farmers in the state and beyond to enable them remain in business.