FG Plans Tomato Policy To Address Current Crisis – Minister

The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, is to develop a tomato policy to address the current crisis in the sub-sector.

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This was the major decision at a stakeholder meeting hosted by the Minister of State in the ministry, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, on Tuesday in Abuja.

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Abubakar told journalists at the end of the meeting that the ministry would inaugurate a technical committee next week to draft the proposed policy.

“This meeting was convened in response to the current scarcity of tomatoes in the country occasioned by the outbreak of the tomato moth, ‘tuta absoluta’.

“Our investors in the sector have also been upset about the CBN’s ban on foreign exchange allocation for the importation of tomato concentrate, a vital raw material for them.

“So, we all came together to chart a way forward. The major decision we have taken is to develop a tomato policy under our National Industrial Revolution Programme.

“A technical committee that would work on the policy draft should take-off next week so that we would have an approved plan in place before the next tomato season,’’ she said.

Stakeholders across the tomato value chain, including farmers, processors, packagers, relevant government ministries and regulatory agencies were represented at the meeting.

The country has been hit by tomato scarcity that has pushed up the price of the essential vegetable beyond the reach of the common man.

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7 Comments

  1. Tomato policy, are you joking me?

    1. is it only tomato that is either scarce or expensive?

    2. So the true cause of the tomato scarcity is the “outbreak of the tomato moth, ‘tuna absoluta ? I thought Lai Mohammed said it was the Boko Haram that prevented the tomato farmers……………….abeg, research what you would tell Nigerians well otherwise you’ll lose credibility!

    3. I remember when there was scarcity of wheat flour, Nigerians rose to the occasion with ingenuity and we started to make flour from the abundant supply of cassava….NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION. this temporary scarcity should challenge people to come up with new ideas to feed ourselves rather than make unnecessary issue out of it, after all we know how to survive when some crops are out of season.

  2. As usual reactive policy making as opposed to proactive policy making!!! What has happened to our various Agricultural Research Institutes and the various FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE? Have they been dormant?

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