Government purchases tomato stock from local farmers, as Nigeria closes border with Benin

Economic governance
Monday, 09 September 2019 14:08
Government purchases tomato stock from local farmers, as Nigeria closes border with Benin

(Togo First) - The government has repurchased last week, more than 200 tons of fresh tomatoes from local producers. The move, official sources indicated, aims to support farmers who intended to export to Nigeria but cannot at the moment given the closure of the Benin-Nigeria border.

The tomatoes have been bought at twice their actual market price (XOF1500 instead of XOF700).

The fruits were in effect purchased by the army which will distribute part to various garrisons, and others, and stock another part for future use.

Last year, let’s recall, Togo’s overall exports to Nigeria were valued at $35 million.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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