Tomato growing farmers in the Nigerian state of Kano have expressed satisfaction with their cooperation with the Dangote Tomato Company which they said has helped them to boost their production and cut post-harvest losses.
Chairman of Togan Tomatoes Production of Nigeria, Sani Danladi and the Chairman of Water Users Association of Nigeria, Mustapha Mudawa said that the introduction of Green House technology in the production of tomato paste by Dangote is impacting positively on the income of the farmers.
A former Manager at the Dangote Tomato Company, Jaafar Sani Bello said that before he left the company he was aware of a new method introduced to improve tomato production. He said that the introduction of Green House machines for the production of high yielding tomato seeds and seedlings was aimed at making farmers to become much wealthier quickly.
Jaafar Sani Bello noted that the Green House technology was aimed at enhancing production and yield of tomatoes with machines simply processing seedlings up to planting and harvesting.
The Chief Executive Pixxera Global International, Ms Deirdra White, said in the first year of their partnership with farmers and Dangote Tomatoes Company, 9000 farmers were trained on packaging strategy. She explained that the partnership on tomato farming is to ensure that in the next three years there will be a great reduction in the loss the farmers suffer every season and make tomato farming a truly dependable agri-business.
Ms White told newtelegraphng.com that over the few years they have been in Kano they have reduced waste of tomatoes due to lack of packaging, by providing over 70,000 crates to farmers and soon they would have 10,000 more crates for the tomato farmers to curtail post-harvest crop losses.