Mr Bola Oyeleke, the Managing Director , Tomatoes and Orchard Processors Association of Nigeria (TOPAN), has lauded the Federal Government’s move to carry out a tomato revolution in Nigeria.
Oyeleke made the commendation at the end of a meeting with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said the meeting TOPAN had with CBN was part of plans to launch a tomato revolution in the country to increase production and ensure more processing plants to create job opportunities among other benefits.
According to him, the commitment by the Federal Government to reposition the tomato sub-sector is to ensure Nigeria is self-sufficient in tomato production and consumption.
“It is important for farmers, particularly those in rural areas to form clusters or join cooperatives to access credit facilities.
“This is part of the sensitisation we will get involved in, to prepare farmers and other stakeholders to enable them benefit from any intervention in the sub-sector.
“We will also work with our partners to ensure availability of good seeds, fertilisers and other inputs,” he said.
Bola further said: “TOPAN wants to see more youths embrace horticulture, especially tomatoes.
“When the revolution starts farmers are expected to take advantage of the opportunity to boost production.”
CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele had in February expressed optimism that another revolution, similar to what was recorded in rice production would occur in the tomato sub-sector to boost production, cut down on importation and encourage local processing among others