Tomato Policy: Nigerian govt set to create 60,000 jobs

Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, as announced government’s plans to create 60,000 jobs through the new “tomato policy”.

The minister made the announcement during a press briefing at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja, Tuesday.

“This policy (tomato policy) will actually work and it will create several jobs. We reckon it will create 60,000 direct jobs and many more indirect jobs,” he said.

Enelamah said the indiscriminate importation and dumping of the tomatoes into Nigeria has forcing local producers to sale at a loss.

The new policy approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has three main objectives namely; increase local production of fresh tomatoes, job creation and economy diversification.

Some of the measures initiated by government to successfully achieve the objectives of the policy include: classification of Greenhouse equipment as agricultural equipment in order to attract zero duty, ban on importation of fresh tomatoes and total embargo on importation through land borders,

Other measures are the imposition of 50% tariff on importation in addition to industrial levy of $1,500 per metric ton on importation of industry tomato paste.

Speaking at the briefing, Minister of State, Aisha Abubakar, told the press that government has set up Industrial Council as part of measure to successfully implement the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP).

She said the council is to assist in the formulation of sectorial and industrial policies, provide feed on policy performance, make recommendations, propose initiatives as well as carrying out periodic reviews.

 

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