Tomato Production Case Study

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Abstract This study investigated the challenges facing tomato production and marketing in Nigeria. Data was obtained from existing related literature and journals. It was observed that the tomato production is a very economical industry to the country and can improving the living standards of its farmers. However, the quest to attain these benefits is greatly threatened by a number of challenges. Recommendations were then proffered based on the challenges as lessons for better harnessing of the potential in tomato production. Key words: Challenges, Production, Marketing, Tomato, Nigeria 1.0 INTRODUCTION 1.1 Background of the Study Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) is one of the most widely cultivated vegetable crops in the world. With the help of modern irrigation technology, this crop can grow all year round (Naandanjain, 2012). Tomato is an…show more content…
Thus there will be more demand for these vegetables with population growth, economic growth and urbanization (Fatch 2009). Global tomato production increased during the 1920’s as a result of breakthroughs in technologies that made mechanized processing possible (Tan et al, 2010). In Africa, the total tomato production for 2012 was 17.938 million tones with Egypt leading the continent with 8.625 million tons (Arah et al, 2015). The study further concluded that the tomato industry has the ability to increase the export earnings of African countries whilst improving the living standards of the individuals producing it. Tomato production is currently on the increase in Nigeria partly in recognition of its food values as a source of essential body-building proteins, vitamins and minerals (Vilareal, 1980). The production of bulk of the fresh tomato and pepper fruits in Nigeria is in the Northern part of the country whereas the consumption and utilization is done all over the country (Olayemi et al,

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