The Dangote Tomato Processing Company, Kadawa, Kano State, which suspended operation more than a year ago, is to resume operation within the next two weeks.
The Managing Director of the corporation, Alhaji Abdulkarim Kaita, informed the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview, in Kano on Saturday, saying that “the corporation was compelled to drop operations because of non availability of tomatoes to carry out production.
“We hope to resume processing of fresh tomato in the next two weeks. This is our plan, God willing,” he stated.
NAN also gathered that the corporation initially stopped work because of a pest outbreak, which ravaged most tomato farms in Kano and different states that produced the commodity over two years ago.
He stated the corporation had already met with tomato farmers within the state and guaranteed to provide the commodities regularly to the farmers.
Kaita stated in the course of his previous meeting with the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefele and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, assured them that the Federal Government would place a complete ban on importation of tomato paste into the nation to help implement the cultivation of tomatoes In the country.
“We hope the federal government will obliged to keep their promise in assisting tomato growers in order to encourage them to stay in business,” he stated.
He additionally urged the Kano State Government to carry out his promise he made to tomato growers to allow them produce the commodity in massive scale.