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TOMATO: Importers Frustration FG’s Policy- Stakeholders

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Stakeholders in the agriculture sector say Nigeria is yet to feel the impact of the tomato policy six months after it was put in place by the Federal Government.

The stakeholders told participants at Agra Innovate West Africa forum in Lagos that Nigerians were yet to feel the impact of the policy.

The Federal Government in April this year announced a new tomato policy aimed at promoting local production of fresh tomato, increasing local production of tomato concentrate and reducing post-harvest losses.

The policy restricts the importation of tomato concentrates to the seaports to address the abuse of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme, stops the importation of tomatoes preserved otherwise by vinegar or acetic acid; and increases the tariff on tomato concentrate to 50 per cent with an additional levy of 1,500 dollars per metric ton.

Nigeria imports an average of 150,000 metric tons of tomato concentrate per annum, valued at 170 million dollars, mostly due to inadequate capacity to produce tomato concentrate.

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