Anxiety Over Fate of tomato Paste industry

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Esteem chain administrators in the tomato paste industry have cautioned of the potential crumple of Nigeria’s N19 billion tomato paste producing industry in the second quarter of 2017, if the government keeps on sponsorship the forex approach in the nation.

The administrators asserted that the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) hesitance to correct its forex strategy has helped the importation of tomato paste into the nation at the danger of neighborhood producers.

Authority reviews that Erisco Foods Limited, a previous neighborhood tomato paste producer in the nation, needed to close down operations in the nation, refering to comparable reasons.

Nigeria’s Union of Tomato Paste Manufacturers’ picture producer, Mr. Nnamdi Nnodebe who addressed LEADERSHIP on telephone, bemoaned that the restriction on triple think tomato Paste utilized as crude material by nearby makers has left the neighborhood business in a dilapidating condition.

As indicated by him, “It improves financial matters to import the crude materials that will empower generation, develop the economy and keep employments instead of bringing in the completed items or disappointing endeavors to get the crude materials, along these lines rendering a large number of individuals jobless which may additionally murder the economy.

“The local packing industry can also form the hub for exports to the hinterland countries as there are adequate local capacities to more than cater to the domestic requirement. Using the ECOWAS benefits, this can be a huge foreign exchange earner for the country today and in the near future. Through the growth of the tomato industry, Nigeria can compete with China instead of buying the finished goods from them.

“It is important for the government to recognise that the packing industry is an essential component of the tomato paste value chain and without this sector, there can be no link between the farmer and the final consumer. Even if we develop our own triple concentrate manufacturing industry in future, the bulk of triple concentrate cannot be consumed in Nigeria alone as exportation of the local production will become more lucrative,” Nnodebe said.