By SUNDAY ABBA, Abuja
Following the federal government’s approval for tomato importation into the country, tomato farmers under the auspices of the Tomato Growers Association of Nigeria,TOGAN, have raised concerns over possible shortage of the commodity in 2023.
The Kano State Chairman of TOGAN, Alhaji Sani Yadakwari, According to reports, said the association had firsthand information that the federal government had given approval for tomato importation to nine companies with a 10% duty and 20% levy only; poor policies may cause the shortage of tomatoes.
He said this had reduced farmers’ interest in planting the crops, adding that it would demoralise and dissuade them from farming this year.
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“It is unfortunate that the federal government, at this point in time, has decided to approve the importation of tomato paste into the country. To be candid, our members received this information with shock, and it has drained all our courage in tomato production,” he said.
Yadakwari further disclosed that election time was a hindrance for many tomato merchants who would not dare to travel out of their domains.
“Most of our members have decided not to grow tomatoes this year, and coupled with the election period, Nigeria may experience a tomato shortage this year,” he added.
The chairman also said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had declared a change in the recovery processes, which would compound issues for farmers.