by OKORO CHINEDU
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – KANO State Governor, Umar Ganduje, has urged farmers to make the most of the tomato processing factory in Kano City to boost exports.
The governor encouraged the producers of the fruit as he inaugurated a 12-member Committee on Innovation Platform on Tomato Value Chain Development.
Inaugurating the committee, Governor Ganduje stated that his government is determined to help the mainly agrarian population of the state to transit from subsistence to commercial agriculture for poverty reduction and rapid
“Development indicators have shown that we must move from producing just what we can eat to exporting for economic development. We must harness our potential so that value would be added to the Tomato production chain,” the governor stated.
Ganduje’s sentiments followed the Dangote Group, establishing a tomato processing factory in Kano.
The factory aims to get the raw material needed and thus increasing the production capacity of farmers.
The 1,200 tonnes capacity per day factory would be producing fresh tomato paste for local consumption and export.
About 40 000 farmers in the state are poised to benefit.
Kano is rated among the biggest producer of tomatoes in the world.
It is said to be the second highest producer in the continent and 13th in the world.
– CAJ News