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[Kano]–Dangote Tomato factory which is located in Kadawa, Kano State, is set to resume production of Tomato pastes on Sunday, March 19.

This was disclosed by the Managing Director, Dangote Tomato Processing Company, Alhaji Abdulkarim Kaita, on Monday, March 13.

He said that as part of the preparation to resume production, the company was expecting a team of engineers from Italy on Friday to assess the quality parameters as well as the installed capacity of the machines before they could finally hand them over to the company.

“The machines are under guarantee and we are not able to operate last year due to the scarcity of fresh tomato in Kano and other neighbouring states,” he said.

“Our engineers are ready to begin work and as soon as the other team of engineers arrive, we hope to resume operation on Sunday.”

He said the company had decided to resume production following the availability of the commodity and the recent crash of its prices in the market.

“The price of the commodity has come down as a big basket, which was selling at N4,000, now cost between N1,200 and N1,400,” Kaita said.

The company had last year stopped production due to the scarcity of fresh tomato as a result of pest that ravaged farms in Kano and other tomato-producing states.

The Page had recently reported that the company recently signed an agreement with farmers in Gombe and Sokoto State on how to boost production of tomato for use in the factory.

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