As part of plans to resume production in February as it promised, the Dangote Tomato Processing Factory, Kadawa, Kano State, has begun survey of farms in six major tomato-producing states to ascertain the level of availability of the commodity.
The company’s Managing Director, Alhaji Abdulkarim Kaita, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview on Friday in Kano.
Kaita said the survey would be conducted in major tomato-growing areas within Jigawa, Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Gombe, Plateau and Sokoto states.
He said: “We want to make sure that the commodity is readily available in these states before we resume production.
“We will require 40 trailers of tomato daily, hence our decision to embark on the survey of major tomato-growing areas to know whether the farmers have started harvesting,” Abdulkarim said.
He disclosed that the company had engaged over 50 casual workers who would convey the fresh tomato into the factory for processing.
He said no fewer than 30 students on Industrial Training (IT) have also been engaged by the company to assess the quality of the raw materials before processing.
The company stopped production about nine months ago due to inadequate raw materials, following the outbreak of a pest which destroyed tomato farms in about five states, including Kano.