FG moves to end 75 per cent an­nual Tomato waste

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu and Omobayo Azeez, Lagos

The fed­eral govern­ment said that it is work­ing to end the 75 per cent wastage an­nu­ally recorded in tomato pro­duc­tion in Nige­ria.

This, it said, would be achieved through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of new poli­cies that would boost lo­cal pro­duc­tion and pro­cess­ing.

The govern­ment spoke through the Min­is­ter of State for Trade, Ha­jiya A’isha Abubakar, re­cently. She said that new poli­cies to en­hance farm pro­duce stor­age and were un­der­way. She said that the min­istry was work­ing on poli­cies to boost lo­cal pro­cess­ing of tomato and other per­ish­able prod­ucts.

She in­spected fa­cil­i­ties at the Erisco com­pany which has an in­stalled tomato pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of 450,000 met­ric tonnes per an­num, ac­cord­ing to Erisco Chair­man, Chief Eric Ume­ofia.

She stated that the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion of Pres­i­dent Muham­mad Buhari was com­mit­ted to en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing and pro­mot­ing lo­cal con­tent in line with its agenda to di­ver­sify the econ­omy.

From Left: Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Chair­man,Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC ),Pro­fes­sor, Umar Garba Dan­batta ex­chang­ing pleas­antries with His Im­pe­rial Majesty, Oba Eni­tan Ogun­wusi,Ojaja 11,The Oni of Ife,dur­ing 12th Edi­tion of the Nige­rian Tele­com Awards at Lagos Is­land, Lagos. Photo: Bamigbala Adekola

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