A Section of Tomato Jos Paste Processing Plant in Kaduna State Photo: KDSG

Nutrition Security: Governor commissions N10.25bn tomato processing plant in Kaduna

*The Tomato Jos Paste Processing Plant, located at Kangimi Village, in Kaduna State of Nigeria, is expected to process between 80 and 100 metric tonnes of tomato daily, and provide over 3,000 direct jobs to residents , others

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As part of the activities scheduled for the 6th Kaduna Investment Summit, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has commissioned a tomato processing plant.

ConsumerConnect reports the Kaduna State Government (KDSG) launched the new tomato processing facility with a view to making the state an industrial hub in Nigeria.

The Tomato Jos Paste Processing Plant located at Kangimi Village, in Igabi Local Government Area of the state costs about N10.25 billion on completion, the state government stated.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai Commissions the Tomato Jos Paste Processing Plant in Kaduna State

In terms of capacity, it is expected to process between 80 and 100 metric tonnes of tomato daily, and provide over 3,000 direct jobs to residents and others.

Governor El-Rufai in his remarks at the commissioning ceremony Friday, September 24, 2021, described the plant as evidence that investors have responded to the government’s consistent pitch about the economic potential in the Northern state of the country.

The governor in a blog post on his Facebook page wrote that “the commissioning today (Friday) of the processing plant of Tomato Jos is a fitting conclusion to KADInvest 2.0.

“I am honoured to commission this factory.

“When we performed the ground-breaking for this project on 27 January, 2020, we welcomed it as a vital investment in the agricultural potential of Kaduna State.

“We are grateful to Tomato Jos for choosing to make Kaduna home. We wish Tomato Jos every success in this transition from growing tomato to also processing it.”

Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), represented on the occasion by Chika Nwanjah, Head of Retail Agricultural Credit at CBN, was said to have applauded the state government for attracting more investors into the state.

Emefiele noted that the success story of the processing plant has indicated the priority attention which President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has placed on diversifying the country’s economy which mostly depends on crude oil earnings.

Recall the ground-breaking ceremony for the tomato processing factory was performed January 2020 as a vital investment to augment the agricultural potential in the state.

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