How to Start a Profitable Tomato Farming Business in Nigeria with Limited or No Experience

How to Start a Profitable Tomato Farming Business in Nigeria with Limited or No Experience

Saturday, August 01, 2020 / 09:57 AM / OpEd by Joop van der
Vinne*   / Header Image Credit:
JVDV / Ecographics




Nigeria can lead the world in
tomato production!


Many Nigerian successful
entrepreneurs/ financial institutions, banks, private equity are looking for a
way to divest their businesses. The current crisis in the Oil sector makes it
perfectly clear, that food is more important than anything else. It is also
obvious that the Agri-sector in Nigeria has been neglected for decades, and
that the country can not provide enough to feed the 200 mil population, let
alone create export.


Nigeria is sub-Saharan
Africa’s biggest producer of tomatoes.


However, despite Nigeria’s
strong position in tomato production, it still spends up to $500 million – every year – to import tomato products (especially purees, pastes and canned
tomatoes), making Nigeria one of the biggest importers of tomato paste in the
world. More than 50 percent of tomatoes harvested every year in Nigeria never
make it to the market. Due to poor storage and a lack of processing options, a
lot of tomatoes harvested in Nigeria is wasted.


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Another reason is, in most parts of Africa,
tomatoes are mainly grown by small-scale rural farmers who have limited access
to good seeds, fertilisers and pesticides. They also depend on natural rainfall
to grow their tomatoes which makes the harvests unpredictable and inconsistent.


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The Netherlands has become an agricultural
giant by showing what the future of farming looks like. The Dutch greenhouses
sector grew into a extreme efficient business with the highest yield per M2 in
the world and our partners want to share that knowledge with you.


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CAB van der Vinne has been asked by a group
of Dutch specialist companies to identify potential Nigerian business people
that have interest in becoming successful in the Agrisector. These Dutch
companies have an impressive trackrecord in other parts of Africa, but Nigeria
has always been difficult. Many visits from and to Nigeria, meetings with
political figures, trade missions led to a lot of work but limited results.


The focus is on Tomato farming in Greenhouse
facility and we have developed a complete 30,000 M2 start-up concept fit for
the Nigerian climate. This concept makes it possible for any (unexperienced)
entrepreneur to become a successful tomato farmer (as a start) and the business
has no limits. Key is to start with the correct greenhouse, design adapted to
the location, equipment, irrigation, monitoring tools, fertilizer, seeds, and
most important professional “on the ground” management during the start-up of
phase 1.


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Proper management of the operations of the
Greenhouse Facility requires knowledge of systems operation and plant
cultivation. Our partners will organise the management in the first years and
train the staff to enable them to run the facilities in due time. The
construction and installation of the Greenhouses will be done under Supervision
of experts from our partners from the Netherlands using in-house staff of the
investor and local experts.


We are looking for entrepreneurs that
are willing to invest, and we will make sure your new venture will turn into a
profitable business case, that can grow without limitations.


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About the Author

* Joop van der Vinne  is a Nigeria specialist and entrepreneur; who is currently on
ground in Nigeria


Contact author
if you are interested vide:


Joop van der

CAB van der
Vinne Ltd.

“The Nestoil

10th floor,
41/42 Akin Adesola street Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

(M) +234 (80)
64477906  (T) +31 (6) 58838047 

(E ) 





** This article was
first published on
LinkedIn on June 06, 2020 and shared for republishing by the author
under an arms-length knowledge sharing practice.


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