Pests destroyed much of last year’s tomato produce in Nigeria

Kano – Thousands of farmers in northern Nigeria contracted to grow tomatoes for a set price are shunning the crop this season after pests destroyed much of last year’s produce, leaving the processing factory set up by Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, short of raw materials.

Established to process 1 200 metric tons of tomatoes each day and produce 400 000 tons of paste annually, the Dangote Farms factory, just outside the northern city of Kano, was designed to meet Nigeria’s domestic needs and help cut paste imports of 300 000 tons a year from China.

It was expected to help put to better use the 900 000 tons of …read more