The Tomatoes and Orchid Producers Association of Nigeria (TOPAN) has on Monday advised that government should look into more sensitization of farmers on tomato farming for increased yield per hectare.
The association’s President, Mr. Job Oyeleke said that by increasing yields, foreign investors would be attracted to the sector to develop tomato paste production.
Oyeleke made the assertion against the backdrop of the Nigerian government’s plan to totally ban the importation of tomato products by 2021.
He said that the ban would ensure that unwholesome tomato import into the country was reduced to the barest minimum and to promote food security and safety, describing as worrisome the qualities of imported products.
Oyeleke also called for a level playing field that would attract investors to invest in the processing of tomato paste after government must have assured them of the production of raw materials.
Source: Voice Of Nigeria