Tomato farmers in Kano state lose 40% of their post-harvest produce, according to an agro-processing specialist.
Umar Mukhtar, an expert food processor disclosed this on Wednesday during training for tomato farmers, processors and marketers in Kano.
KANO TODAY reports that the training was organized by a World Bank project, Agro-processing, Productive Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project (APPEALS).
Mr Mukhtar said lack of technological means of preserving fresh tomato, such as small factories that process it into a paste, is the main cause of the post-harvest loss.
“Research had indicated that Kano is the leading state in tomato production in northern Nigeria but research has shown that 40% of the commodity is wasted annually.” He said.
“That is why we intervened in order to reduce the post-harvest loss to save the economic well-being of the farmers and marketers.” He added.
Mr Mukhtar expressed hope that the training would go a long way in reducing post-harvest loss in Kano state.
In her remarks, the Zonal Director of Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI), Eunice Bamishaye said the organization has partnered with APPEALS to empower tomato farmers on how to drastically reduce post-harvest loss.
“Farmers are investing their money on tomato farming but 40% is wasted annually. That is why we sensitize them on preservation of perishable tomato, especially wet tomato in a bid to reduce the loss,” she said.