The federal government of Nigeria has assured that it is working to stop the waste of 75% annually recorded in tomato production in Nigeria.
This, it said, would be attained through the implementation of new policies that would enhance local production and processing.
Minister of State for 1ndustry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, said this weekend in Lagos during a working visit of the Nigeria’s indigenous and the largest tomato processing company Africa, Erisco Foods Limited.
Stressing that 75% of annual waste is not acceptable, she promised government’s support for local manufacturers of the product.
The minister said that new policies to improve local processing of farm produce for storage and maximum use is underway, adding that the ministry is currently gathering more facts and figures that would allow it to implement accurate policies to protect local tomato processing and other perishable products.
The minister also inspected the company’s facility that has a tomato installed production capacity of 450,000 metric tons per year according Erisco chairman, Eric Umeofia.
She also welcomed the commitment and innovation of Umeofia which according to her had made Nigeria the first country in the world to successfully implement the idea and technology transformation of dry tomato paste.