To ease your site search, article categories are at bottom of page.

July 24, 2011

Nigeria loses 50% of its tomato harvest

by Tina A. Hassan

Post harvest loss is a common phenomenon to farmers in Nigeria. It is viewed as part of the farming process because no other option has been proffered to farmers on how to reduce post harvest losses especially among cultivators of vegetables, fruits and other perishables.

For example, tomato is a product that is in demand across markets in the country at all seasons but it is equally a highly perishable crop that spoils within the shortest period if it is not well preserved.

Addressing journalists at its 2010 Ministerial press briefing, the Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Mohammed kaoje Abubakar said Nigeria imports processed tomato paste to the tune of 65,809 tons valued at N11.7 billion ( $77.167m) annually.

According to Abubakar, “Nigeria produces about 1.3 % of the world output of tomatoes annually but loses not less than 50 per cent of this due to lack of preservation. Unfortunately, Nigeria imports processed tomato paste.”

...The Daily Trust

Article Categories

AGRA agribusiness agrochemicals agroforestry aid Algeria aloe vera Angola aquaculture banana barley beans beef bees Benin biodiesel biodiversity biof biofuel biosafety biotechnology Botswana Brazil Burkina Faso Burundi CAADP Cameroon capacity building cashew cassava cattle Central African Republic cereals certification CGIAR Chad China CIMMYT climate change cocoa coffee COMESA commercial farming Congo Republic conservation agriculture cotton cow pea dairy desertification development disease diversification DRCongo drought ECOWAS Egypt Equatorial Guinea Ethiopia EU EUREPGAP events/meetings exports fa fair trade FAO fertilizer finance fisheries floods flowers food security fruit Gabon Gambia gender issues Ghana GM crops grain green revolution groundnuts Guinea Bissau Guinea Conakry HIV/AIDS honey hoodia horticulture ICIPE ICRAF ICRISAT IFAD IITA imports India infrastructure innovation inputs investment irrigation Ivory Coast jatropha kenaf keny Kenya khat land deals land management land reform Lesotho Liberia Libya livestock macadamia Madagascar maize Malawi Mali mango marijuana markets Mauritania Mauritius mechanization millet Morocco Mozambique mushroom Namibia NEPAD Niger Nigeria organic agriculture palm oil pastoralism pea pest control pesticides pineapple plantain policy issues potato poultry processing productivity Project pyrethrum rai rain reforestation research rice rivers rubber Rwanda SADC Sao Tome and Principe seed seeds Senegal sesame Seychelles shea butter Sierra Leone sisal soil erosion soil fertility Somalia sorghum South Africa South Sudan Southern Africa spices standards subsidies Sudan sugar sugar cane sustainable farming Swaziland sweet potato Tanzania tariffs tea tef tobacco Togo tomato trade training Tunisia Uganda UNCTAD urban farming value addition value-addition vanilla vegetables water management weeds West Africa wheat World Bank WTO yam Zambia Zanzibar zero tillage Zimbabwe

  © 2007 Africa News Network design by Ourblogtemplates.com

Back to TOP