Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, has laid the foundation for a N10.25 billion tomato farming and processing factory in the state.
Tomato Jos, the company, is owned by a certain American, Mira Mehta. The governor who laid the first brick at the ceremony in Kangimi Village, Igabi Local Government Area, said that the state was joyed to partner with foreign investors and would continue to make an impact.
Mehta acknowledged that Tomato Jos is already providing 2,500 jobs and is willing to put 3,000 hectares under cultivation.
The Governor added that the government was following the footsteps of President Muhammadu Buhari in the agricultural sector.
“This is the second groundbreaking event in ten days for an agriculture-related investment. On January 17, we were in Kubau Local Government Area to break ground for the Damau Milk Farm, our joint project with Arla Foods, designed as a pragmatic and sustainable solution to the insecurity that accompanies nomadic livestock production, create jobs, and boost domestic production of milk and its products.
“Today, we are excited that Tomato Jos is expanding its investment footprint in our state by taking a leap from growing tomato and other crops to building a processing facility to make tomato paste. With its farm in Kangimi, Tomato Jos has already impacted on its community, creating jobs and empowering its outgrowers with modern farming techniques and a route to the market.
“The government welcomes this latest investment in the agricultural potentials of our state. Olam showed the way back in 2017 when President Muhammadu Buhari opened the hatchery and feed mill project that this multinational sited in Chikun.”