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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has expressed optimism that another revolution, similar to what was recorded in the production of rice production, will occur in the tomato sub-sector.
Emiefele disclosed the prediction while speaking during a facility tour of Dangote Tomato Processing Factory and farms in Kadawa, Garun Malam Local Government Area of Kano State.
The CBN Gov noted that from what he saw in Kadawa, the Dangote Tomato Plant is the only real processing plant in Nigeria for now, unlike others that were merely importing tomato puree and concentrates and packaging same in the country.
He further stated that the initial challenges encountered by the project have been overcome with the acquisition of the greenhouses for the production of high yield seedlings with the collaboration of the CBN.
Emefiele therefore, expressed delight that “with the initial daily production of a million tomato nurseries alone, more people would be encouraged to embrace farming thereby creating jobs for our people along the entire value chain and reverse the exportation of jobs”.
The CBN Governor, according to a statement, also hinted that going by the brief he got from Chairman of Dangote Farms, Alhaji Sani Dangote, when the factory becomes fully operational, the country would not only be self-sufficient in tomato production in the next one year, but would also be able to export to other African countries in the next three years.