By Agbonkhese Oboh
Gbfoods, in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kebbi State authorities and the Emirate of Yauri, has constructed a N20 billion tomato-processing manufacturing facility within the state.
The manufacturing facility, which is the second largest in Nigeria and the one totally backward-integrated plant in ECOWAS with the largest single tomatoes farm in Nigeria, would be the largest contemporary tomatoes processing manufacturing facility in Sub-Saharan Africa, when all phases are accomplished.
Speaking throughout the opening of the manufacturing facility, Mr. Vincent Egbe, Country Manager, GBfoods Nigeria, mentioned: “The commissioning of this processing manufacturing facility additional demonstrates the corporate’s dedication in the direction of serving to Nigeria obtain its meals safety ambitions and, on this case, self-sufficiency in tomato focus manufacturing.
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“We will proceed to work with the Federal Government in the direction of meals safety and native manufacturing and processing of contemporary tomatoes. The firm is devoted to lowering pre and post-harvest losses, and likewise creating the worth chain to enhance income streams for tomato farmers.
“Over the past three years in Kaduna, Katsina and Kebbi, GBfoods has worked with smallholder out-growers to boost their incomes by providing seedlings, fertilisers, training, and irrigation pumps, and to reduce post-harvest losses GBfoods also provided free plastic crates to farmers.”
On his half, the CEO of GBfoods Africa, Mr. Vicenç Bosch, recommended the Federal Government for encouraging and supporting GBfoods to interact with CBN, ministries, departments and companies to make sure the profitable completion of the manufacturing facility.
He additionally expressed his gratitude to the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investments, Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development, Kebbi State Government and the Ngaski Local Government authorities for his or her help in the direction of the actualisation of the undertaking.
Mr. Bosch added that “our workforce of extension employees, consultants and agronomists are making certain that the Nigerian farmers profit from the know-how switch of our greatest practices and know-how constructed by means of over 40 years of profitable tomato operations in Italy and Spain.
A press release mentioned Gbfoods, which has a variety of merchandise underneath the Gino model, would, with the tomatoes undertaking, create over 1,000 jobs together with 500 farming jobs, 150 manufacturing facility jobs and 150 development jobs.
The funding, a world-class manufacturing facility and adjoining farms embody a drip irrigation and fertigation infrastructure, greenhouses, seed planting robots, an incubation chambers and a plethora of agricultural equipment.