TheNigerian government plans to ban the importation of tomato paste before the end of 2019 to encourage massive local production, the minister of agriculture and natural resources, Audu Ogbeh on has disclosed.
The minister of agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, says the FG’s proposed ban on importation of tomato paste is part of measures to revolutionise tomato production in the country
Ogbeh made the disclosure on Monday, February 4, at a tomato process plant at Kadawa in Garun-Mallam local government of Kano state, The Nation reports. The minister stated that the ban was part of efforts by the president administration to embark of tomato revolution across the country as part of its diversification policy in agriculture.
He said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through the bank agriculture had already set-aside the sum of N250 billion to disburse as soft loans to tomato outgrowers as part of the apex bank’s Anchor-borrower scheme.