Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, on Monday, said the Federal Government will before the end of the year ban the importation of tomato paste.
Ogbeh who stated this Kano while addressing tomato farmers at Dangote tomato paste factory noted that the ban is to ensure that local farmers are encouraged to produce massive tomato yields.
He said, “Before the end of this year, we shall ban importation of tomato paste into Nigeria. We will rather export same to other countries.”
The minister said the Federal Government would invest N250 billion into the Bank of Agriculture for the purpose of assisting Nigerian farmers with loan facilities.