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Kano tomato project to increase production tenfold

28 November 2014, 10:54Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Local production of tomatoes is poised to increase significantly following the establishment of a pilot hybrid tomatoes production project in Kano State.

The project, established in the Kadawa Area, is the brainchild of Dangote Farms.

“Currently, we produces now about 10 tonnes per hectare but the hybrid seedling varieties we are introducing will produce 80 to 100 tonnes per hectare using the best practices,” Managing Director of the Dangote Farms, Alhaji Abdulhamid Kaita, said.

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“We have engaged the services of farmers in the past two years and we have been providing them with best practices of tomatoes production and processing. Furthermore, we have organised the farmers into clusters to prevent dealing with individual farmers.”

Meanwhile, Dangote Farms collaborated with the World Bank for a two-day stakeholder’ meeting on tomato production and processing earlier this week.

Nigeria is ranked among the top 20 tomato-producing countries in the world, accounting more than 10 percent of Africa’s production and 1,2 percent of the world’s total.

Tomatoes are cultivated in most states in the country, mostly Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Taraba and Zamfara States.

- CAJ News


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