Shut Dangote tomato firm to re-open February
Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, Kaita said, “When we stopped production last year, it wasn’t just for the sake of closing our plant. It was because sometime last year, around this period, tomato growers were faced with the ravaging crisis of “Tuta Absoluta” disease, which destroyed tomatoes,” Kaita recalled.
He added that it was as a result of the disease that the firm was forced to suspend production, as there was no tomato available to process.
Kaita further disclosed that when the firm resumed production, it would be producing 1, 200 tones per day.“I am assuring you that when February comes and we resume production, nothing would stop us from advancing very well. Mark you, we are getting supply from Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Plateau states,” he said.
The managing director appealed to governments to do more in assisting tomato farmers, “especially by going round to the affected farms, and conducting necessary studies with a view to curbing a repeat of last year’s experience.
“You know the pesticides are not here in our country. You can only import them, so we urge all governments to start making preparations against a reoccurrence. Though we are not hoping for the worst, but precautionary measures must be taken,” Kaita insisted.
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