Dangote Tomato Factory Suspends Production

The newly established Dangote Tomato Processing Factory in Kadawa, Kano State, has suspended production, according to its Managing Director, Alhaji Abdulkadir Kaita.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Friday, Kaita said that the company, which commenced production in February, had stopped production due to the lack of raw materials.

He said that the company found it necessary to suspend production because there was no fresh tomatoes to process, adding that most of the tomato farms in Kano, Jigawa, Plateau, Katsina and Kaduna states were affected by a pest popularly known as Tuta absoluta which killed all the tomato species there.

The managing director noted that the pest had destroyed tomato farms in the affected states, making the price of the perishable commodity to go up.

However, he said production would commence during the next irrigation season.

The Dangote tomato processing factory can process 120 tonnes of fresh tomatoes per day at full capacity.