Nigeria's Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, has assured tomato producers in the country that government is committed to boosting tomato production in line with ongoing economic diversification efforts.
Enelamah said the Federal Government has a robust tomato policy to boost local production, stop importation of tomato paste and create employment opportunities.
The Minister disclosed this during a facility visit to GB Foods Nigeria’s tomato backward integration project in Kaduna, Kaduna State.
The Federal Government’s tomato policy, according to the Minister, is to significantly reduce post-harvest losses of tomato fruits, boost production and attract investments into the entire value chain.
The Minister said the implementation of the policy would also open investment in greenhouse farming and address some challenges faced by tomato farmers in the country.