The Tomato Growers Association of Nigeria, (TOGAN), Kano State chapter, under the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) during the 2019 dry season farming, is set to cultivate 10,000 hectares of irrigable land in the state.
TOGAN Chairman, Alhaji Sani Danladi-Yadakwari revealed this to newsmen in Kano State, stating that 10,000 tomato growers which registered under the ABP will benefit from the loan facility.
Danladi-Yadakwari said the association has worked out the arrangement for the commencement of the distribution of tomato seedlings to farmers which was expected to begin in Kano’s 44 local government areas.
He said, “After planting the seedlings, the farmers will then be given fertiliser and other inputs as no farmer is expected to dispose of the inputs.”
According to him, the association would keep track of the benefitting farmers’ activities just to ensure there are no disposed or diversion of inputs.
He urged the benefiting farmers to utilize the facility properly to improve their production and livelihood, adding that this intervention could help prevent importation of tomato paste into the country.