Dangote Tomato Company suspends production in Kano
The newly established Dangote Tomato Processing Factory in Kadawa, Kano State, has suspended production. This was made known by its Managing Director, Alhaji Abdulkadir. He told journalists in Kano that the company, which commenced production in February, had stopped production due to lack of raw materials (fresh tomatoes).
He stressed 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 had killed all the tomato species in these areas, making the price of the perishable commodity to go up.
The tomato processing factory boss, however, said production would commence during the next irrigation season, emphasising that the company has the capacity to process 120 tonnes of fresh tomatoes per day at full capacity.