Abdulkadir Kaita, Managing Director of the Dangote Tomato Processing Factory (DTPF) has confirmed that the firm has started its test production.
“We have not commenced production at full capacity by processing over 120 tonnes of fresh tomatoes from local farmers in the state. This is the reason why we are taking the product in batches,” said Kaita.
“We purchase tomatoes at N20, 000 per ton irrespective of its species. So, we buy a basket of the commodity above N1, 000 per basket and the current price at the market is N300.
This is more than three folds the price in the local market. The farmers are happy about the price; because we have had several meetings with the officials of their association before we agreed on the prices. Once we collect the
tomato, the company will pay you within two days,” he said.