Dangote has established a N3billion tomato processing company in Kano.
However, the Managing Director of Dangote tomato processing plant, Mr. Abdulkarim Lawal Kaita confirmed the establishment.
Moreover, the newly established N3bn high-tech greenhouse nursery is capable of producing between 300-350 million tons of hybrid tomato seedlings.
Meanwhile, the fully automated farm is the largest and first of its kind in Africa.
The company’s new investment is capable of stopping the over $350 million federal government spent annually to import processed tomatoes.
Besides, the farm is expected to enhance the economy of the local tomato farmers in the country.
Subsequently, technology is also expected to increase their harvest from the current 10 tons per acre to 40 tons per acre.
Equally, the greenhouse nursery will increase the production and quality of tomatoes seedlings.
As a matter of fact, it will also support farmers for the production of fresh tomatoes and locally made pastes.
Kaita discloses that the company aimed at making Nigeria self-sufficient in tomatoes production.
Additionally, he confirms that the country consumes 2.3 million tons of tomato paste, however, the company is capable of producing eight million tons annually.
Finally, the country will make more money on foreign exchange.