The Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, on Monday inaugurated a tomato monitoring team to lead the implementation of government policy to boost production of fresh tomato fruits.
At the event which took place in Abuja, she said that the objective of the policy was to achieve sustainable tomato processing in Nigeria.
She maintained that the tomato industry is multi million dollars across its value chain for both SMEs and large companies.
She also said that it gives room to open large opportunity for job creation and wealth in rural areas.
” The objective of the policy is to increase production of tomato to meet demand for fresh fruit consumption and production of concentrate.
“It will also substitute imported tomato concentrate with local products and reduce post harvest losses.
” It is also to establish a framework for sustainable financing of the sub sector,”Abubakar said.
The team comprises Ministries of Industry, Trade and Investment; Finance; Agriculture; Raw Material Research and Development Council; Customs, CBN, NAFDAC and NARICT.
Abubakar added that the private sector comprised MAN, Dangote Tomato Processing Limited, Erisco Food Industries Limited, Savannah Integrated Farms, GB Food, Tomato Jo’s and Springfield Tomato Processing Companies.