Dangote tomato factory to resume production February

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The Dangote Tomato Processing Factor in Kadawa, Kura Local Government Area of Kano State is to resume production in February.

The Managing Director of the company, Abdulkadir Kaita, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Kano.

The company, which began production in February 2016, had to suspend operation due to lack of enough raw materials.

Mr. Kaita added that preparation for production to resume was at an advanced stage.

He said the company had to suspend production, when most of the tomato farms in about five states were affected by a pest, which destroyed all the tomato species.

“We expect that tomato farmers would have produced enough for the company to process, hence our decision to resume production in February,” he said.

According to him, many tomato farmers at the Kadawa, Kura, Garun-Malam and Hadeja-Jama’are irrigation sites are expected to produce enough for the company to process.

“We deliberately decided to resume production in February because we don’t want to create scarcity of the commodity.

“We want to make sure that there is enough to process so that its price will not go up,” Mr. Kaita said.

He said that the company which had the capacity to process 40 trucks or 1,200 tonnes of fresh tomatoes per day, would soon begin recruitment of additional staff.

“All our trained staff are still with us and we are paying them salary but if there is need to recruit additional staff, we will do so to ensure effective service delivery,” he said.

NAN recalls that a pest popularly known as “Tuta Absoluta’’ destroyed tomato farms in Kano, Jigawa, Plateau, Katsina and Kaduna states.

(NAN)


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  • The Optimist

    May God give Nigeria more Dangote humans. He alone seems to understand and pragmatically do what is necessary to economically develop Nigeria. Shame on Benue/Plateau state governors for supervising wastage of farm produce in their states. Thank you Aliko.

    • thusspokez

      May God give Nigeria more Dangote humans.

      There would have been many more Dangote, if Dangote had not gotten help from the various Nigerian governments to deprive his competitors of equal commercial opportunities.

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  • persona

    Lagos and Kebbi state delivered rice production and came through just before the end of year, Benue, Plateau states cant even come together to setup a factory for this purpose to feed their people and the nation.
    Erisco, can you see that what you disdained, abused after telling the world that majority of imported tomato puree contain cancer causing items, you will be so treated when you try to import same from China as your new base.

    • thusspokez

      Lagos produces rice? What exactly is your point?

      • persona

        There is a JV between Lagos and Kebbi state and the produced rice called LA(Lagos)KE(Kebbi)–LAKE rice.
        My point is, its a template for other states to follow.
        Let us begin to make our economy work as against going to Abuja for handout. Lagos made an IGR of 250B in 2016, they will soon be free from Abuja handout and other states can replicate. Obiano is doing great also, how come the states producing Tomatoes are all just planning to sell to Dangote? Should they set things up, they will make IGR,engage farmers, best hands and grow their economies. Nigeria is busy looking for FDI, when we get our acts together, investors will come.