Post-har­vest loss: Kano gets first tomato ag­gre­ga­tion cen­tre

Sunday Trust - - AGRIC BUSINESS - From Ibrahim Musa Giginyu, Kano

The Pyx­era Global with sup­port from Rock­e­feller foun­da­tion un­der the yield­wise project has com­mis­sioned the first tomato ag­gre­ga­tion cen­tre in Kano State.

This is ex­pected to, among other things, re­duce loss of tomato after har­vest and also to serve as a link be­tween the farm­ers and buy­ers.

Speak­ing dur­ing the com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony at Garun Malam Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state, state co­or­di­na­tor Pyx­era Global, Mr. Lekan Tobi, stated that the cen­tre is es­tab­lished in an area where ac­cess­ing per­ish­able pro­duce, es­pe­cially tomato di­rectly from farm­ers by prospec­tive buy­ers will be easy.

Ac­cord­ing to him, about 3000 farm­ers will be serv­ing the cen­tre, which will be op­er­ated based on sus­tain­able pro­cesses that will en­sure own­er­ship when the project winds off.

He stressed that the cen­tre would also pro­vide good in­puts, seedlings and other im­proved tech­niques that would be shown to the farm­ers for adop­tion.

Speak­ing on be­half of the farm­ers Malam Shu’aibu Sa­mawa, said the es­tab­lish­ment of the cen­tre was a great achieve­ment in the his­tory of tomato farm­ing, not only in Kano, but the coun­try as a whole.

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