There is already a partial ban on tomato paste importation into Nigeria.

But by the end of this year, there will be a complete ban, said Audu Ogbeh, Minister Of Agriculture And Natural Resources.

Ogbeh stated this in Kano during a tour of the Dangote Tomato Processing Plant in Kadawa, Kano state, adding that the ban will encourage massive tomato production.

According to Ogbeh, the federal government has set aside 250 billion naira through the Central Bank of Nigeria and Bank of Agriculture to disburse as soft loans to tomato farmers as part of the Anchor Borrower scheme.

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“Federal government will continue to encourage Dangote agro-farms and the farmers to grow massive tomatoes in Nigeria and with this kind of outfit, farmers will earn more with better seedlings from the Dangote greenhouse and get better results,” the minister said, explaining that $22 billion is spent on tomato paste importation annually.

“The farmers will supply to the processor and eventually join tomato breeders in the world. In a short while, Nigeria will simply stop importation and dependence on other sources for tomato supply.”

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