Barring any unforeseen circumstances, fresh tomatoes will arrive Lagos from Kano by rail on Wednesday, for the first time in 58 years.
Some of the fresh tomatoes packed inside the train.
This feat is being recorded just days after Professor Yemi Osinbajo, flagged off the Lagos-Ibadan rail project.
This revelation was made by Emmanuel Itoya Ijewere, who is described as one of Nigeria’s eminent businessman with extes the banking, finance and agricultural spectrums.
The report said Ijewere disclosed this at the First Bank’s maiden Agric Expo 2017, held at Eko Hotel and Suites, in Lagos state.
“The train left Kano at about 10am yesterday. As at 11am today, it has arrived Osun and by 10pm this evening, it will be in Lagos. That is happening for the first time in 58 years.”
The fresh tomatoes being packed before they are loaded in the train
“I want to thank those who have made it possible including the minister of Agriculture. After this, it will now be weekly affairs. We will move a lot of these things conveniently,” the businessman said adding that the country lost 2.8 million tonnes of tomatoes in 2016 due to poor storage facilty.
“At N200,000 per tonne, the country lost tomatoes worth N5.6 billion.”