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KADUNA: El-Rufai unveils tomato processing plant

KADUNA State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has commissioned a tomato processing plant in the state. This is in his bid to boost the fortunes of perishable produce in the country,

The event, which held on Saturday, was part of the activities lined up for the 6th Kaduna Investment Summit.

In his remarks at the commissioning ceremony, the governor described the plant as evidence that investors have responded to the government’s consistent pitch about the economic potentials in Kaduna.

“The commissioning today of the processing plant of Tomato Jos is a fitting conclusion to KADInvest 2.0,” Governor El-Rufai wrote on his Facebook page.

“I am honoured to commission this factory.

“When we performed the ground-breaking for this project on 27 January 2020, we welcomed it as a vital investment in the agricultural potentials of Kaduna State. We are grateful to Tomato Jos for choosing to make Kaduna home. We wish Tomato Jos every success in this transition from growing tomato to also processing it.”

Also representing the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, was the bank’s Head of Retail Agricultural Credit, Chika Nwanjah, who commended the state government for attracting more investors into the state, saying the success story of the processing plant has proven the priority that President Buhari’s administration has placed on diversifying the nation’s economy, which solely depends on crude oil to earn revenue.

The ground-breaking for the tomato processing factory was performed in January 2020, as a vital investment in the agricultural potentials in the state.

More than a year after, the factory, which costs about N10.25 billion, has been completed.

The Tomato Jos Paste Processing Plant is located at Kangimi Village in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

Reports say it is expected to process between 80-100 metric tons of tomato daily and provide over 3,000 direct jobs to residents and others.

During the summit, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, visited the newly reconstructed Kasuwan Magani Market in Kajuru Local Government Area.

Osinbajo applauded Governor el-Rufai for his vision towards making Kaduna great again and attracting investors to the state.

The Kasuwan Magani market was razed during the ethno-religious crisis in 2018 – a crisis that led to the destruction of goods worth millions of naira.

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