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By AgroNigeria -January 30, 2018
Tomatoe tMinister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, has inaugurated a tomato monitoring team to supervise the implementation of the Federal Government’s tomato policy aimed at boosting the production of fresh tomato fruits in the country.
She said the policy was designed to achieve sustainable tomato processing in Nigeria, stressing that Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and large companies needed to invest in the tomato industry given its potentials such as job and wealth creation in rural areas.

“It is, therefore, important to put in place a tomato monitoring team to oversee the implementation of the policy. The membership of the monitoring team is made up of public and private sector and the processors,” she stated.
AgroNigeria recalls that the new tomato policy was approved in February 2017 by the Federal Government, while the implementation of a new tariff regime began in August 2017.
Abubakar noted that the ministry had been partnering other Ministries, Departments and Agencies to address challenges that could hinder the actualization of the objectives.
The minister said the team would provide a linkage between research and development and the industry as well as champion the growth and development of the tomato industry.
She added that the sustainability of the industry would be promoted through a peer review mechanism among tomato processors to be instituted by the team.
President, Erisco Food Industries Limited, Mr Eric Umeofia, assured of the committee’s commitment towards working with the government to boost local tomato processing.
The monitoring team is made up of the Ministries of Industry, Trade and Investment; Finance; Agriculture; Raw Materials Research and Development Council; Nigeria Customs Service; Central Bank of Nigeria; National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC); National Research Institute For Chemical Technology (NARICT) and private sector players.
Among the private sector players are the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Dangote Tomato Processing Limited, Erisco Food Industries Limited, Savannah Integrated Farms, GB Food, Tomato Jos and Springfield Tomato Processing Companies.
The team’s terms of reference include monitoring the implementation of the policy and importation of tomato products and derivatives.
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