- Production of tomato paste will begin soon, an expatriate tomato farmer in Kaduna has said
- According to Mira Mehta, the production will begin properly in 2020 but paste would be sold in 25kg buckets & 250kg drums before then
- The method of preservation would also be slightly modified to make the paste last longer before the proper launch of the project
Mira Mehta, an expatriate tomato farmer in Kaduna with 500 hectares in Kangimi Dam area of the state is ready to begin tomato paste production soon.
Mehta who is the founder of Tomato Jos Limited said she had planned to begin the project sometime in 2018 but things did not go according to plan, Daily Trust reports.
On Monday, April 8, however, the tomato farmer announced on her twitter page to announce that the launch of the tomato paste production will begin this week but proper and official operation of the brand will in 2020.
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She said: “Exciting news! This week Tomato Jos will produce a batch of tomato paste as we test equipment in advance of the 2020 season. We don’t yet have our brand finalized, so we will sell paste in 25kg buckets & 250kg drums. Each bucket goes for 7.5K.
“Drums will be sold to institutional buyers while buckets are for smaller consumers. We can’t seal them for now, but we can pack a layer of salt on top of each bucket we sell, and that will keep it well preserved for two weeks plus without refrigeration.”
The expatriate added that though the production is starting soon and people could buy, the method of preservation will be quite different so that the paste could last longer for one to two weeks as it is still being sold in buckets.
“The tomatoes are going to have a little bit of salt mixed in as a preservative - and we might also put an additional layer of salt on top in order to keep the product fresh for longer. If we pack a layer of salt on top of the paste it should be able to last for 1-2 weeks. But ideally, it should be put in a fridge or freezer.”
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Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that the price of onions fell from N30,000 per 100kg to N10,000 in Katsina state.
A market survey conducted on Thursday, April 4, in Katsina showed that two months ago 100kg bag of onions was being sold at N30,000.
The survey carried out showed that onions, two months ago, were got from Borno state where the traders travelled to source for them.
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