Home Business Dangote Plant chief urges federal government to stop tomato paste import

Dangote Plant chief urges federal government to stop tomato paste import

- Advertisement -

Alhaji Abdulkarim Kaita, Managing Director of Dangote Tomato Processing Plant in Kadawa, Kano State, has called on the Federal government to stop the importation of tomato paste.

He made the call while speaking to newsmen shortly after inspecting the newly established N3 billion greenhouses at Kadawa village in Kura Local Government Area on Friday.

- Advertisement -

“We are appealing to the Federal Government to put a total ban on the importation of tomato like what it did to rice,” Kaita said.

Kaita said the measure would boost local production of the commodity and ensure that Nigeria is self-sufficient in tomato production. According to him, the ban will lead to the establishment of more tomato processing plants as well as create jobs for many people in the country.

He said the company was putting a lot of effort to ensure Nigeria’s self-sufficiency in tomato production. Kaita said this informed the establishment of the biggest greenhouse in Africa which can produce 350 million seedlings annually.

The Managing Director said the seedlings could produce 12,000 hectares of tomato per season.

“There are 12 tomato producing states in the country with 171,000 hectares which if fully cultivated, in the next one year Nigeria will be able to start exporting tomato. The greenhouse which is the largest in Africa is established to provide tomato growers with high yield tomato seedlings in the country” he explained.

“We are working with the Central Bank of Nigeria under the Anchor Borrower Programme to provide tomato farmers with high yield seeds which will enable them to produce a minimum of 40 tons per hectare,” he added.

All Rights and Copyright © belongs to Source:

SOURCE: Read the Original Article on Vanguard



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

FG sets aside $1.61 billion for 24 hour power supply – TCN

The Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Alhaji Usman Gur says the Federal Government in collaboration with international donor agencies has set aside over...

NDIC pays N116 billion liquidation dividends

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), has paid depositors, creditors and shareholders of failed banks the sum of N 116.258 billion as Liquidation Dividends. The...

SMEDAN trains teachers in Imo on entrepreneurship skills, economic enhancement

The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has explained that entrepreneurship training for teachers in the country was meant to shift...

Riders permit not national drivers license – FRCN

Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye OyeyemiOwing to the growing rate at which tricycle and motorcycle operators mistake Riders Permit issued in their respective states for...

Pound Sterling drops as Boris Johnson faces battle to pass Brexit bill

Sterling fell Friday as investors fret over Boris Johnson’s chances of pushing his Brexit deal through parliament, while Asian markets were mostly down after...