“There have not been any effect on the new policy as the market is continually flooded with several foreign brands of tomato.’’
About 3,000 farmers to benefit from Kano Post-Harvest Hub initiative of an NGO, Pyxera Global YieldWise Nigeria, to reduce post-harvest loss for tomatoes.
Following the resolve by the Nigerian Customs Service to commence implementation of the New Tomato Production Policy, indications have emerged that Dangote Tomato Processing Plant and three other firms may commence operations soon.
The cost of processing the loan is, most of the times, high for poor farmers.
He further explained that a small basket (‘chilliga’ in Hausa) is now sold at N600 to N1,000 depending on its quality as against N4,500 it was sold about two months ago.
Mr Sikiru Lawal Omotunde, the Chief Executive Officer of Ayoola Farms in Imesi-Ile, Osun State is a successful tomato farmers.
Experts and farmers say, after decades of corruption holding back road and electricity projects and an obsession with producing oil, it will take time to improve the tomato output.