The tomatoes value chain received a boost in Kebbi State with the launch of a N20 billion tomatoes processing factory. The factory firm is a partnership venture between GB foods, the CBN, Kebbi State government and Emirate of Yauri.
GBfoods says the factory is the second largest in Nigeria and the only fully backward integrated plant in the Economic Community of West African States and has the largest single tomatoes farm in Nigeria.
When all phases of the projects are finished, it stated, the factory would be the largest fresh tomatoes processing factory in sub-Saharan Africa.
The statement said, “The investment in the world class factory farm includes a drip irrigation and fertigation infrastructure, greenhouses, seed planting robots, an incubation chamber and a plethora of agricultural machinery”.
“The farm will serve a dual purpose. It will produce industrial tomatoes in the dry season and soya beans in the raining season”.
“The tomato factory will convert fresh tomatoes into tomato concentrate used for producing Gino tomatoes paste and Gino tomato pepper onion paste while the soya beans will be used to process soya-bean oil which is a critical ingredient for GBfoods, Bama and Jago mayonnaise”.
The factory will also engage over 5,000 smallholder farmers as outgrows in the coming tomatoes season to grow fresh tomatoes.
Vicene Bosch, the Chief executive officer, GBfoods Africa, commended the Federal government for encouraging and supporting GBfoods to engage with the CBN, ministries departments and agencies to ensure the successful completion of the factory.
Business A.M. June 22, 2020
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