Nigerian govt to ban tomato paste importation: The federal authorities will place a closing ban on the importation of tomato paste earlier than the end of 2019, the minister of agriculture, Mr. Ogbeh, mentioned this while touring the Dangote Tomato Processing Plant in Kadawa, Kano State.
According to the report from the cable, Mr Ogbeh mentioned that the ban will encourage large tomato manufacturing within the nation and the federal authorities has put aside N250 billion via the Central Bank of Nigeria and Bank of Agriculture to spend as loans to tomato farmers as a part of the Anchor Borrower scheme.
“Federal authorities will proceed to encourage Dangote agro-farms and the farmers to develop large tomatoes in Nigeria and with this type of output, farmers will earn extra with higher seedlings from the Dangote greenhouse and get higher outcomes thus decreasing the large quantity the federal authorities spends on tomato paste importation yearly, the minister mentioned.
“The farmers will provide to the processor and ultimately be a part of tomato breeders. In a short time, Nigeria will merely cease importation and dependence on different sources for tomato.”
The CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, who was additionally on the tour, mentioned “the financial institution supported Dangote greenhouse with N1.3billion to supply hybrid tomato seedlings to reinforce large native cultivation.
“The greenhouse plant will produce three million seedlings which might be given to farmers. With this hybrid tomato seedling, farmers will be capable to yield over 70,000 tons per hectare in opposition to the 10,000 tons,” “To this effect, this output will encourage farmers to extend their manufacturing and become employers of labour, ” he mentioned.
Dangote Group, the Nigerian conglomerate owned by Aliko Dangote, launched the $20 million tomato processing facility in early 2016.
The tomato processing plant has a manufacturing capability of 1,200 metric tons per day however, operations on the plant have been suspended in 2016 after an invasion by Tuta Absoluta, a leaf-mining moth, which destroyed tomato farms.