To further support Federal Government plans on localisation of farming products drive, Caraway Africa Nigeria Limited (an Olam Group Company, has renewed commitment to strongly drive backward integration in tomatoes production.
The Vice President, Caraway Packaged Food last year, Prashant Thakur, said that the firm had concluded plans for local production of tomato paste that would involve local farmers and local processing to produce tomato concentrate.
Thakur stressed that the company had engaged numerous farmers of the northern region around Jigawa and bought back the tomato fruit grown by them in the last season.
According to him, “we have partnered with a local facility for crushing and converting the tomato fruit to tomato concentrate also, sent to their processing factories in Lagos to produce two well-known brands.
“In the last season, we involved 500 farmers and also took some lands on lease to do local tomato farming. We were able to get good yields as were projected from the same,” said Thakur.
The land acquired by the firm is being prepared for cultivation this year with boreholes, drip systems, and soil treatment under progress.x