The National Tomato Growers Association of Nigeria (TOGAN) recently held its 2nd 2018 Press Conference in Kano State, Nigeria.
The Group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to help free Local Tomato Farmers from Poverty Caused by Importers of Tomato Concentrates.
TOGAN stated that, “The none payment of the new import levy on tomato concentrate for over one year after its approval has led to revenue loss of over $500 million considering the fact that Nigeria imports an average of 300,000 MT of tomato concentrate and paste annually.”
The Group urged the President to launch an investigation to reveal why the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), who have publicly declared that imported Tomatoes Paste are only 28% tomatoes and the balance is additives and chemicals have failed to confiscate those produce that are unfit for human consumption.
TOGAN has given a 40 days ultimatum to the Nigerian President and its relevant Ministries and Agencies to act now or witness a mass protest by Tomato Farmers with Trailer Loads of Rotten Harvest to the Nigerian Senate, Custom, NAFDAC and others.