Dangote Tomato Processing Company has announced that plans have been concluded to jump-start the production of tomato paste, this weekend in Kadawa, Kano state.

The move, according to the company, was in line with the government’s resolve to cut down on the importation of tomato paste in the country.

The company in April last year, had halted its activities due to the inadequate supply of raw materials.

Speaking on the move, Managing Director of the company, Alhaji Abdulkarim Kaita said the firm has made all necessary preparations for the commencement of its production activities.

On manpower, he said they had recruited about 100 skilled and unskilled labour in preparation for the production kickoff.

“We have since recruited about 100 workers both skilled and casual, as we prepare to run the company for 24 hours on daily basis,” Kaita informed.

The MD also said that the company would begin processing 200 tonnes of fresh tomato per day, until there is an increase in the supply of the commodity.

He further revealed that the company had already started purchasing the fresh tomatoes from registered farmers under the CBN-initiated Anchor Borrowers programme (ABP), at local prices.

This development is coming at a time when the government has resolved to place a ban on the importation of tomato paste. The success of Dangote’s second shot at tomato paste production will aid in capacity building, diversification of the economy and job creation.

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