Some tomato farmers in Benue have referred to as on the state authorities to mop up surplus tomatoes in markets throughout the state to curb wastage.
The farmers made the decision in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Makurdi.
They mentioned authorities might do that by establishing tomato processing industries in areas the place the product is being cultivated in giant amount.
According to them, this may go a protracted solution to curb wastage and enhance the incomes of common tomato farmers within the state.
Mrs Tabitha Ahungwa, a tomato farmer lamented that a whole lot of the commodity had been being wasted due to lack of patrons, saying that preserving it domestically might be very tough
throughout wet season.
“Even the patrons aren’t serving to us the farmers. They aren’t encouraging us as a result of they purchase the product with meagre quantity.
“This is worse during rainy season. During rainy season most people venture into the cultivation of the product on a large scale,” she mentioned.
Mr Tor Numve, additionally a tomato farmer corroborated Ahungwa’s view, saying that tomatoes had been often cultivated in giant amount throughout wet season.
“This is as a result of tending it through the season is much less tedious in comparison with the dry season.
“As a result of the large cultivation of tomatoes during the rainy season and without storage facilities, there is usually a lot of waste of the commodity.” (NAN)