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Did You Know? Nigeria Spends N16 Billion Annually Importing Tomatoes




Here’s a fun fact for you this morning: Nigeria spends N16 billion importing tomatoes every year.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sonny Echono, revealed the news at a workshop on Development and application of post-harvest handling model for horticural Crops in Abuja, The Nation reports.

He said:

“Horticultural crops, because of their delicate nature face tremendous post-harvest challenges. In Nigeria, specifically, tomatoes has the highest priorities with domestic demand of 2.3 million tonnes of fresh production annually, national production of 1.8 million tonnes, waste of over 750, 000 tonnes and an import bill of N16 billion to make up for shortfall in local production…”


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  1. bb

    August 26, 2015 at 11:29 am

    That’s not a fun fact. Its a sad reality if its true

  2. miss Pynk

    August 26, 2015 at 11:40 am

    The sad state of our economy is now a “fun fact”? Why not just a fact BN?

  3. Noms

    August 26, 2015 at 11:42 am

    How is this fun,abeg?

  4. B.E

    August 26, 2015 at 11:43 am

    WOW! Ridonc!

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    August 26, 2015 at 12:06 pm

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  6. zayn

    August 26, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Hello BN Family, please are there people willing to assist in reviewing my statement of purpose for graduate studies in Canada.grammatical corrections,suggestions,additions are welcomed. People familiar with Economics/Agricultural Economics can assist with the paragraphs on research/scholarly interest. I have checked those online services and they are expensive when converted to naira. pls help a sister so we can move our agricultural sector forward together.
    My e-mail address is [email protected]. Thanks

    • M

      August 26, 2015 at 9:34 pm

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  7. zayn

    August 26, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Bella post my comment now, we need to move agriculture forward in our country

  8. tilda

    August 26, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Not surprising for an oil producing county that spends so much importing refined oil products.

    • Bola

      August 26, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      I know right. So sad. Buhari please allocate more money to helping our farmers generate enough to cover demand. This is disappointing.

  9. Idomagirl

    August 26, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Na wa o. This is unfortunate.

  10. nunulicious

    August 26, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    in other words, someone needs to set up a storage facility for home grown tomatoes as a business venture

    • Mohammad

      August 26, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      For that, we will require reliable power supply which is mysteriously chaotic for an oil-producing country.

  11. cleo

    August 26, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Asides the north where most of the fresh tomato we use in Nigeria comes from, i have lived in the South western Nigeria, North Central, these parts of the country produces tomatoes that wastes during harvest season. Not mentioning the different species. THis is hardly a fun fact. It is a sad fact.

  12. Newbie

    August 26, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Thats why we should support local agricultural production companies like Tomato Jos:

    • Tosin

      August 26, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      oops, ok, carrots generally aren’t important for lycopene but for beta-carotene. also craving olive oil around all of the tomatoes and such. make i kukuma go Greece abi Italy :-/ e be like say na Mediterranean food dey hungry me.

    • Sika

      August 26, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Tomato jos is not local. Expatriates run that company. Stop this!!!

    • Manny

      August 26, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      So what if expatriates run the company? It is still locally grown. There are many immigrants that bring their farm produce to farmer’s markets in the US. Should people not buy from them because they are not Americans. Abeg.

  13. Tosin

    August 26, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    craving tomatoes this afternoon. and carrots. lycopene craving, ooook 🙂

  14. Yinka Ogunbajo

    August 26, 2015 at 3:16 pm


  15. yinda

    August 26, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    What is so fun about this fact? Why would Nigeria import tomatoes costing billions of Naira instead of growing tomatoes in the country? Or is the land in Nigeria not fertile anymore that it can produce its own crops? If my own father in the States can grow tomatoes by creating his own little farm, I don’t under why a whole country of Nigeria can not grow its own tomatoes. I say again this is not a FUN FACT at all, this is a DEVASTATING FACT.

  16. ezinne

    August 26, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Tin tomato or fresh tomato????? Which one biko??? It is well with this country oh

  17. natu

    August 26, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Where are the Nigerian farmers? This is disgraceful!! I guess it is all part of the ‘Nigerian dream’ lol

  18. ty

    August 26, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    i dont believe this news…. even shoprite buys and package locally most of their goods. i need proof. whoever reported this needs attention.

  19. Koffie

    August 26, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Asides capacity to process harvested tomatoes into other tomato variants, the average yield of Nigeria per hectare is a mere 6MT/H while other countries yield as high as 56mt/h. In essence, we should be producing way more than we are and not relying on substandard tomato paste from China. That’s the sad part. And government did not impose tax high enough to reduce importation of these tomato paste (they don’t meet up with world standard).
    And how many greenhouse farms do we have? It’s why tomatoes get scarce and expensive between July and October (I’m not certain of the period). Seriously, if I had the money or the risk appetite, I’d invest in this. The supply gap is crazy! But na Dangote dey sabi better thing. He’s starting his tomato farming and processing this year and dude is already pushing for government to impose higher taxes on tomato paste imports. Duh, like its our health he cares about ?. Push them out of the market and dominate. That’s Dangote’s mantra
    And ohh, if you’re thinking of starting tomato production/processing, I’d be willing to help draft your business plan. Say no to imported tomatoes

  20. Metche

    August 27, 2015 at 6:47 am

    I dont believe this unfortunate fact at all. How can we spend such an amount just to import tomatoes in Naija. They need to explain further.

  21. Tunmi

    August 27, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    In addition to farming, there must be a use for the tomatoes that don’t sell quickly. We can manufacture canned tomato sauce, pastes, stews, diced tomatoes, etc. That requires a factory and electricity

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