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FG spends N16b annually in foreign exchange on tomato importation

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According to the Director General of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Dr. Hussani Ibrahim, about N16 billion is currently expended annually in foreign exchange on tomato importation.

This was made known by the DG during the presentation of improved tomato seeds to vegetable farmers in Kaduan state on Tuesday. “With an annual national domestic demand estimated at 2.4 million metric tons, only about 1.7 million metric tons is produced annually leaving a deficit of 700,000 metric tons due to cultivation of existing low yield varieties and high post-harvest losses.

The DG who was represented by the Director, Agricultural and Agro-Allied Department,

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