Small holder farm­ers get as­sis­tance on tomato value chain

Weekly Trust - - News - Ibrahim Musa Giginyu, Kano

The man­age­ment of Tech­noServe has re­vealed that 45, 000 small holder tomato farm­ers from Kano, Ji­gawa, Katsina, Kaduna and Plateau states will re­ceive im­proved in­puts and tech­nolo­gies de­signed to pos­i­tively im­pact on pro­duc­tively and ad­dress post-har­vest loses.

Tech­noServe Nigeria Coun­try Di­rec­tor, Mr Larry Umunna, made the re­marks at the Nigeria Tomato In­vest­ment round­table meet­ing in Kano.

Ac­cord­ing to him, it was time for tomato farm­ers in the five states to ben­e­fit from cul­ti­vat­ing of the pro­duce and to col­lab­o­rate with the pri­vate sec­tor and rel­e­vant gov­ern­men­tal bod­ies to build a com­pet­i­tive and sus­tain­able busi­ness around agri­cul­ture.

Umunna also said ef­forts are geared to at­tain 20 per cent post-har­vest losses re­duc­tion.

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