The National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT) in Nigeria, has called for improvement in tomato processing, to reduce seasonal glut in the country.
The Executive Director of the institute made the remark at the training and empowerment of unemployed youth on tomato nursery practices, value addition and Telfairia (ugu) production, organised by NIHORT, in collaboration with Hauge Logistics Ltd, Ibadan, Oyo state South West,
According to him, processing tomato would go a long way in reducing the quantity of tomato imported into the country, especially during the lean season supply of the commodity.
The Executive Director noted that tomato is a profitable horticultural crop that provides income to farmers and agents involved in its production and marketing.
Olaniyan said tomato production in Nigeria was still short of demand, putting the annual production figure at 1.8 million tons, and the annual demand at 2.3 million tons.
He added that tomato nursery management was important for future development of the commodity value chain, as it was a basic need for producing quality seedlings.