After suspending operations for 2years, Dangote Tomato Processing Plant begins production

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After suspending operations for 2years, Dangote Tomato Processing Plant begins production

After suspending operations for 2years, Dangote Tomato Processing Plant begins production

After stopping operations due to lack of raw materials for about two years, Dangote Tomato Processing Plant begins production.

Africa’s biggest tomato plant in the commercial city of Kano put a stop to its production one year and five months after it was launched.

Price dispute with farmers also caused the supply disruption.

It was reported that the factory which has a capacity of 1,200 metric tons of tomato paste in a day, which also targets taking care of domestic needs, restarted production last week.

One of our major challenge is the scarcity of tomato that would be enough for our production daily,” Kaita stated during an interview at the factory located in Kadawa, outside the northern city of Kano.

“Our production demand could not be met by local tomato growers; we also couldn’t agree with the farmers on the price for tomatoes, Abdulkareem Kaita, the managing director of Dangote Farms Ltd, stated.

At the moment, the farmers and the factory now has a new deal where the factory will buy raw tomatoes at prices pegged to what local markets are selling.

The company is also planning to give out the seedlings to growers to increase their output.

This development is coming after Audu Ogbe, who is the minister of agriculture and natural resources, made it known that the federal government would place a ban on the importation of tomato paste before the end of the current year.

It has been reported that Nigeria spends as much as $22 billion on tomato paste importation annually.

 

 

After suspending operations for 2years, Dangote Tomato Processing Plant begins production

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