Federal Govt establishes tomato paste, juice factory in Nasarawa

To strengthen the local economy and minimize reliance on imports, the federal government has established a tomato paste and juice factory in Uke, Nasarawa State.

Mohammed Abdullah, the Minister of State for Science, Technology, and Innovation, who laid the foundation for the factory yesterday, said that the development of the project would effectively stem the tide of rural-urban migration and boost employment opportunities for local residents in the state and the country as a whole.

Apart from the tomato paste/juice factory, the Minister also laid foundations for classroom complexes and inspected recently paved roads in Uke and Keffi towns in Nasarawa State, according to a statement released by the ministry’s press and public relations office yesterday.

The minister expressed happiness that the factory’s raw materials will be acquired locally, generating prosperity for farmers and avoiding the need of foreign cash to buy raw materials from other countries.

While laying the foundation for a block of classrooms at Pilot Primary School Uke, the Minister advised students to take an interest in science topics, saying that they may be the future doctors, scientists, and engineers needed to speed up Nigeria’s growth.

The Head of Fabrication Technology of the National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT), Engr. Joseph Otsai, said earlier at the foundation laying ceremony that the Tomato paste/Juice making Factory is equipped to produce 2 kg of tomato paste daily.

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He also stated that all raw materials required to feed the facility will be sourced locally, and that the factory would be completed in 36 weeks.

Responding to the Minister earlier at Pilot Primary School Uke, Hon. Mohammed Bello (from Uke-Karshi constituency) expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for ensuring that a project of this significance is located in their community and promised that the projects would be carefully protected.

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