Nigeria: Dangote tomato plant is idling

The tomato processing plant set up by Africa’s richest businessman, Aliko Dangoté, is idling, Ecofin reports. The reason is simply the scarcity of the raw material.

Worries for the factory of the wealthy businessman, Aliko Dangote. Implanted to process the tomato, it no longer has the raw material as expected. Indeed, informs the agency Ecofin, tomato producers have moved towards other agricultural speculationated at the beginning of the rainy season in May 2019. This explains the lack of provision to run the plant.

Abdulkareem Kaita, the plant manager, said the company in his care is losing about 30 million Naira each month due to staff inactivity. To stem the crisis, Dangote Farms, the company housing the processing plant, has already acquired 5,000 hectares of arable land. The goal is to produce and then transform on the spot. It must be said that the plant was set up in 2016 with the aim of competing with the import of tomato concentrates from China. But until then, the goal is far from being achieved. Maybe the next season will be the best.

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