How seasonal farming, R&D constrain tomato production

Nigeria’s inability to grow tomatoes all year and carry out extensive research and development are major constraints to the nation’s tomato production.

Nigeria could save millions of dollars spent on the importation of fresh tomatoes from neighbouring countries and tomato paste from Asia, create jobs for its teeming youths and reduce pressure on the naira if the country starts growing tomatoes all year round.

“We need to start growing tomatoes and every agricultural product all year round. Farmers need adequate finance to do this,” said Sani Danladi, secretary-general of the National Tomato Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria.