An NGO, Pyxera Global YieldWise Nigeria Project has registered more than 27,000 tomato farmers of Jigawa , Kano and Katsina states in its database to strengthen the tomato value chain.The Project Director of the initiative, Mr. Lekan Tobe said this at a stakeholders meeting in Kano.
The YieldWise project, which is being funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, is aimed at reducing post harvest loss for tomato in the country.
He said the project has been able to train the aggregated farmers on improved agronomic practices and post-harvest management as well as and link them to alternative buyers and processors among others.
Tobe said the capacity building was aimed at introducing improved and good agricultural practices for better yields.
“We also want to ensure there is coordination among stakeholders in the value chain,” the project director added.
He added that the project has introduced 16 affordable technologies to hold the tomatoes before being transported to markets.
Also speaking, the Vice President, Nigeria Agri-business Group, Chief Emmanuel Ijewere, called on Nigerian government to support tomato farmers by establishing aggregate centres and cold rooms for storage purpose.
The Secretary-General of the Tomato Growers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Sani Danladi-Yadakwari urged farmers to embrace the newly introduced plastic crate for transportation of the commodity to other parts of the country.
The meeting was attended by stakeholders, including representatives of federal and state ministries of agriculture as well as operators in the private sector