The Tomato Growers Association of Nigeria (TOGAN) has urged the Federal Government to establish cottage processing plants in tomato producing areas.
The Secretary-General of TOGAN, Alhaji Sani Danladi-Yadakwari, who made the call during an interview with the press in Kano stated that building plants in areas where they are Government to in large quantity would assist to check seasonal glut.
According to him “There is a need for the Federal Government to build cottage processing plants in states where tomato is being produced in large commercial quantity to check seasonal glut.”
“These plants can be sited at Bunkure, Kura, Bagwai and Garunmalam local government areas in Kano state and other states like Katsina, Kaduna, Jigawa and Plateau where the commodity Government to,” he said.
Yadakwari added that the processed tomatoes would be useful for the Nigerian Government’s school feeding programme across the country.
He however, charged the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) to ensure effective enforcement of the ban on importation of the commodity to encourage local farmers.
“Even though the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has enforced the order on the ban on importation of tomato paste but the commodity is still imported into the country.”
“We, however, planned to visit the Comptroller General of the service to forward our complaint with a view to addressing the situation,” he said.
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