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Dangote's Nigeria Tomato Plant Resumes After Years Idling

A tomato-paste factory owned by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, resumed production in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano after staying idle for more than two years over a supply disruption partly caused by a price dispute with farmers.

The factory, with a capacity for 1,200 metric tons of tomato paste daily and targeted at meeting domestic demand, restarted production last week processing about 100 tons a day. It will ramp up output as tomato supply improves, according to Abdulkareem Kaita, the managing director of Dangote Farms Ltd, which owns the factory.

“Our major challenge is the scarcity of the tomato,” Kaita said in an interview at the factory in Kadawa, outside the northern city of Kano. “The local tomato growers could not meet our production demand, we also could not agree with the farmers on the price of tomato per basket.”

Under a new deal with the farmers, the factory will buy tomatoes at prices pegged to what local markets are selling.

READ: Africa’s Richest Man Idles Factory As Grubs Devour Tomatoes

Dangote is also developing its own farms with a special tomato strain that could yield 60 tons per hectare, compared with the yield of 10 tons per hectare being recorded by the local farmers, Kaita said. The company plans to distribute the seedlings to growers to boost their output.

The plant, which started production in 2015, was to help Africa’s most populous nation cut paste imports of 300,000 tons a year from China by using an estimated 900,000 tons of tomatoes lost after harvest every year for lack of storage and processing facilities.

Dangote Farms is part of Aliko Dangote’s diversified group of businesses, of which cement manufacturing is the main one. The 61-year-old tycoon, who is currently building a vast $12 billion oil refinery close to the commercial hub of Lagos, is also invested in sugar and flour.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-19/dangote-s-nigeria-tomato-plant-resumes-after-years-idling
 

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"I Belong to Everybody i belong to Nobody" - President Muhammadu Buhari



It might be best to remove Buhari's quote because if it is true, OBJ, ATIKU, Tinubu, and other thieves should be in prison
 
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Darma Rice Mill establishes N15.2bn 600,000MT plant in Katsina

In response to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) forex restriction on rice imports so local rice production can thrive, Darma Rice Mill Ltd, has set up a 600,000MT rice mill in Katsina state worth about $50 million or about N15.2 billion. Mr Fahad Mangal, Executive Director, Darma Rice Mill Ltd told newsmen yesterday in Abuja that the company is also investing in Fertilizer blending plant that will cost $5million about N1.75bn and its capacity is 700,000MT. The investment hopes to crates about 10,000 jobs. He said the rice mill facility is divided into two phases, saying that the first phase would be 300,000 metric tons per annum capacity of two lines of 16 tons per hour rice mil. According to him, the first phase will be ready for processing before the second quarter of 2020 and after that, they will immediately start the phase two of additional 300,000 metric tons making a total of 600,000 metric tons per annum.

“In total, we are talking about $50 million volume of investment which is about N15.2 billion. If you look at it, Katsina is a strategic location and have vast of land for farming and agricultural land in large quantity. Already we have engaged ourselves into sort of helping farmers with some sort of loan who would be farming the paddy rice that we buy from them” he explained. He said the “target market will be basically the northwest down to the north central markets where we have big market for rice.”

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Why Bobi Grazing Reserve may become cattle colony flagship

The initiators of the Bibi Grazing Reserve located in Oro, Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State may have got the wind of the current conflicts over struggle for space between herders and farmers when they carved it out over 50 years ago. Decades on, the reserve some how holds the key to the quest by the federal government at ending the incessant bloodbath across the country through the establishment of cattle colonies. ADVERTISEMENT “Our forefathers foresaw a situation of conflict among us that was why they provided the reserve, “ Governor Abubakar Sani Bello pointed out when he paid an assessment visit to the area recently, preparatory to its revival.

The reserve which was established by the Northern Region administration sits on 31, 000 hectares of lush vegetation with a forest stretching several kilometers. It is divided into seven blocks with about 700 households and six earthdams. It also boasts of solar-powered boreholes and seven pasture blocks, while activities within it are monitored by rangers employed to safeguard it and keep unwanted guests and trouble makers away. The reserve later became the property of the federal government and was to be taken over by the Niger State government in 2006.

However, due to lack of maintenance, most of the facilities put in place are in ruins. According to Alhaji Kiri Baushe, an elder herder, the solar-powered boreholes stopped working a long time ago, while some of the earth dams which had hitherto provided water for animals and grass have also collapsed. What’s more, because of years of neglect, the facility has been exposed to abuse by especially wealthy farmers who encroach upon it at will. The unpleasant situation, Alhaji Kiri said, had triggered migration of herders from the reserve southward, while attempts by others to find a comfortable abode in some parts of the state resulted in conflicts between them and farmers with consequent bloodbath and loss of property. Worried by the incessant crises, Governor Bello early last year paid an unscheduled visit to the reserve where he promised to revive and expand it. As the first step, he said a committee of all stakeholders would be put in place to interface with Fulani herdsmen on the reserve, re-assess the exisiting delapidated facilities with a view to recommending repairs and expansion of the reserve to cater for a minimum of one million ruminant animals.

He also directed the then Commissioner for Lands and Housing to immediately put in measures to revive the grazing reserve by taking its coordinates, reassess the structures and other features on ground. “We have some structures on ground and I am sure those ones can be easily renovated. There are also schools and I believe they will need more facilities because we are expecting more herdsmen. “We will need more grazing areas and we will need to develop grasses. We will also need milk collection centers and veterinary services to be provided on the grazing reserve,” he said. After the visit, a committee made up of the then commissioner for agriculture and that of livestock and fisheries, Malam Haruna Dukku and Zakari Bawa Bala with members from the works and housing ministry as well as other relevant ministries and agencies was put in place. Dukku who was member of the just dissolved state executive council told Daily Trust that since the idea was to make herders who traditionally move from one place to another adopt the modern livestock farming, pasture has to be provided as well as water, both for the animals and herders. He also said the state government was providing other social amenities such as schools, roads, hospitals, veterinary clinics and security among others so that they could be encouraged to remain in one place instead of the current situation where they roam from one place to another and trespass into farms. He said the committee had come up with a 10-year development plan which has already been submitted to the federal ministry of agriculture, adding that the federal government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) were happy with the idea and have indicated interest to inject N13 billion into the project. He also said the herders were enthusiastic with the idea and are ready to pay tax in return. “We have to as part of our programme put in place a system to monitor and one thing we are considering even though we have not concluded yet is the tax system. The tax system is good even for security purposes and that will allow us to monitor who and who resides within the grazing reserve,” he explained. He said private investors have also indicated interest to invest in the project, adding that such development would increase the state’s internally generated revenue. When our correspondent visited the reserve penultimate Tuesday, a lot of transformation was already taking place.

The access road to the reserve which was impassable has been graded. Also, works on the administrative block, police station, veterinary clinic and renovation of existing staff quarters have been completed. Our correspondent met school pupils returning home. The Sarkin Fulani, Ahijo, said the school was built and run by an American woman. The school runs primay one to six. According to him, the school has enough teachers, six of them with a population of 130 pupils. It also has a staff quarters powered by solar energy. The Sarkin Fulani wants the government to expand the school and combine western and Islamic knowledge in the curriculum. He also wants the government to establish a secondary school in the reserve to enhance transition from basic school. However, the development plan the state government drew up has already taken care of that need. The Sarkin Fulani was enthusiastic with the transformation embarked upon by the state government. “For the first time we are seeing a commitment by the state government in reviving the reserve and upgrading its ailing facilities,” he said. He however raised concerns over the encroachment on the reserve by farmers which he said negates the original concept of its the initiators and may lead yet to another round of conflict. But the immediate past commissioner for livestock and fisheries, Zakari Bala, allayed such fears, saying the integration process in the development plan had taken care of the problem. He said only the farmers that were part of the reserve from the beginning and have lived there for most part of the lives would be allowed to stay. “The farmers will not be completely driven away because the herders will also need their by-products.

The feeds the herders need will come from the farmers, so they will be leaving side-by-side but everybody will know their boderies because there is going to be cluster development. However, the big time farmers who are encroaching in from outside will be edged out through gradual disengagement,” he explained. Our correspondent observed that there exists a farmers’ settlement deep into the reserve around Phase Three. Close to the settlement is a market which serves the needs of both herders and farmers. Kiri said the herders had lived with the farmers for many years. According to him, their concern is on the big time farmers who are encroaching and cutting down trees, deforesting the reserve in the process. He said in every phase or block, there are small villages and settlements where both herders and farmers have co-habited for years. He, like the Sarkin Fulani, welcomes the integration process even as he expressed happiness with infrastructure already put on ground by the state government. According to him, because of the ongoing intervention, some of the herders who migrated southward to other places like Kogi and Kwara have started returning. “My cousin, Ardo Abubbakar and his family members who left here for Enugu five years ago have returned, like wise many others who earlier left in search of greener pasture, “ he averred.

Like Kiri, the immediate past minister of agriculture and rural development, Chief Audu Ogbe who earlier paid a visit to the reserve, was elated at what he saw. Ogbe described the reserve as a flagship in the country’s cattle colony initiative. He inspected the veterinary clinic, the pasture pilots, the police station and one of the dams within the reserve. He commended the state government for its commitment to the project. “Niger State is leading the way for states’ participation in finding solutions to the lingering farmers’ and herders’ crisis. We are happy to work with the state to mainstream this into our National Livestock Transformation Plan,” he said. He reiterated the commitment of the federal government to work with only states that are willing to key into the livestock development plan, even as he said government is not interested in taking anyone’s land. According to him, a policy framework that discusses the issues that cause the conflicts has been developed. “The conflict is about resources of land, pasture and water. This is in addition to these resources being limited today by our increasing population growth and desertification that are affecting the availability of land for agriculture, “ he pointed out. Kiri said the former minister’s visit had further raised their hope that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is determined to end the age-long conflicts between herders and farmers across the country.

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I have been pleading for grazing reserves for many many many years.

Thank goodness.

Pastoral grazing has no place in the 21st century. It has so many negatives beyond conflict. Conflict is just one of the problems. It conflicts with transport infrastructure, it is inefficient, it is unsightly, and it is a health hazard.
 
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I have been pleading for grazing reserves for many many many years.

Thank goodness.

Pastoral grazing has no place in the 21st century. It has so many negatives beyond conflict. Conflict is just one of the problems. It conflicts with transport infrastructure, it is inefficient, it is unsightly, and it is a health hazard.
But why should there be preserves ? Why not buy or rent herding. Are there other farming preserves ?
 

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GBfoods completes N20bn tomato processing factory in Kebbi

GBfoods, a global leader in culinary product manufacturing, in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kebbi State Government and the Emirate of Yauri recently built a N20 billion Tomato processing factory, in Kebbi State. The factory is the second largest in Nigeria and the only fully backward integrated plant in ECOWAS – and has the largest single tomatoes farm in Nigeria.When all phases of the project are finished, the factory will be the largest fresh tomatoes processing factory in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The investment, in the world-class factory and adjoining farm, includes a drip irrigation and fertigation infrastructure, greenhouses, seed planting robots, an incubation chambers and a plethora of agricultural machinery. The farm will serve a dual purpose, it will produce industrial tomatoes in the dry season and soya beans in the raining season. The tomato factory will convert fresh tomatoes into tomato concentrate used for producing Gino Tomatoes Paste and Gino Tomato Pepper Onion Paste while the soya bean will be used to process soya-bean oil which is a critical ingredient for GBfoods’ Bama and Jago Mayonnaise.
The project created over a 1,000 jobs including: 500 farming jobs, 150 factory jobs and 150 construction jobs. GBfoods also engaged many small holder farmers as out-growers. Apart from training the out-growers on good agricultural practices, GBfoods provided them with tomatoes seedlings, agrochemicals and various equipment such as water pumps and hose pipes,enabling the farmers access to water in the dry season. GBfoods also supported the host communities by providing and maintaining 16 boreholes of drinking water, a first for some of the surrounding villages.
The factory is fully backwardly integrated to the company’s farm and dedicated out-growers. In the coming tomatoes season, the plant will also source most of its raw material from out-growers who will grow the tomatoes on their own farms and from GBfoods’ owned and operated farm. The factory is engaging over 5,000 small holder farmers as out-growers, in the coming tomatoes season,to grow fresh tomatoes.
The CEO of GBfoods Africa, Mr. Vicenç Bosch, commended the Federal Government for encouraging and supporting GBfoods to engage with CBN, Ministries, Departments and Agencies to ensure the successful completion of the factory. He also expressed his gratitude to the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investments, Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development, Kebbi State Government and the Ngaski Local Government Authorities for their tremendous support towards the actualization of the project. Mr. Bosch added our team of extension workers, consultants and agronomists are ensuring that the Nigerian farmers benefit from the technology transfer of our best practices and know-how built through over 40 years of successful tomato operations in Italy and Spain.

Speaking during opening of the factory, Mr Vincent Egbe, the Country Manager, GBfoods Nigeria said, “The commissioning of this processing factory is a great milestone for us. It further demonstrates the company’s commitment towards helping Nigeria achieve its food security ambitions, in this case, of self-sufficiency in tomato concentrate production. We will continue to work with the Federal Government towards food security and local production and processing of fresh tomatoes. The company is dedicated to reducing pre and post-harvest losses, and also developing the value chain so as to improve revenue streams for tomato farmers. Over the past three years,in the three states of Kaduna, Katsina and Kebbi, GBfoods has worked with smallholder out-growers to boost their incomes by providing seedlings, fertilizers, training, and irrigation pumps, further to reduce post-harvest losses GBfoods also provided free plastic crates to farmers.”
“GBfoods is working with the Federal Government of Nigeria and the CBN to make Nigeria not only a shining example in food security, but also to become the food basket of Africa. He especially thanked the Buhari administration, the Kebbi Governor, His Excellency Governor Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, the CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele; and the Emir of Yauri, Dr Muhammad Zayyanu Abdullahi for working tirelessly to create an enabling investment environment for GBfoods backwards integration project in tomatoes,” comments Mr Vincent Egbe, the Country Manager, GBfoods Nigeria.
Additional land is expected in September 2020 to be cleared and prepared for the farming season of October 2021. This expansion will be similarly accompanied by an upgrade in the factory’s capacity. With the expansion, new jobs will also be created.
GBfoods has a wide range of quality well-established brands in Nigeria such as Gino, Bama and Jago,under which they manufacture a wide range of quality products that make the daily lives of many African families easier. Products under their brands include Gino Tomatoes Mix; Gino Pepper Onion, Gino Thyme; Gino Curry; Gino Chicken and Beef Cubes; Bama Mayonnaise as well as Jago Mayonnaise. GBfoods investments aim to satisfy local culinary habits and preferences whilst offering the healthiest and best ingredients for the Nigerian cuisine.

 

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Gezawa Commodity Exchange


Gezawa Commodity Market Ltd is a registered Company in Nigeria operating in Gezawa LGA in Kano State, Nigeria. The market is located 24 Kms away from Kano city and equipped with state-of-the- art infrastructure to support efficient transaction and delivery of agricultural commodities.

It is a private sector led initiative and is the first of its kind in Nigeria. The market is positioned to be the largest commercial one-stop hub for both domestic and export market for international standard agro commodities in Nigeria. The Market is integrated with a trading platform; Gezawa Commodity Exchange (GCMX), where agricultural commodities will be traded live 24/7 online.



 
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