Top 10 Tomato Producing States in Nigeria

This post will review top 10 Tomato Producing States in Nigeria. Nigeria is reputed as the 16th country by rank on the global tomatoes production scale.

Many, who embarked of tomatoes production in Nigeria earned millions of naira on tomatoes production! That is why, anyone who intends to start tomatoes production can become a millionaire.

Having said that, i am going to let you know in this article, the top states in Nigeria that are into tomatoes production business, and this business actually thrive in the northern part of Nigeria!

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Top 10 Tomato Producing States in Nigeria
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Before I continue, tomatoes are cultivated in the northen part of the country mostly, and most of these states are in the northen Nigeria. They are listed below:

Tomatoes Producing States In Nigeria:

The tomatoes producing states in Nigeria are mainly in the northern part of Nigeria, and they are:

-Kano state and

-Taraba state and

– Gombe state and

-Bauchi state and

-Kaduna state and

-Sokoto state; and

– Zamfara state and

-Katsina state and

– Jigawa state

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From the list above, they are about nine states. All the states listed here produced almost eighty percent of all the tomatoes produced in the country.

However, by ranking, Kano is the state that tops perhaps, most successful state in the production of tomatoes in Nigeria. Kano is also reputed to make provision of about two percent of total tomatoes produced the world over.

Nevertheless, record had it that, Nigeria in every year loses over 750 thousand tons of tomatoes, and this happened as a result of bad food supply chain in the country.

Going by this, Nigeria as a result has lost  millions of Naira, resulting in lack of tomatoes crops in Nigeria. The Federal Government in 2019, had to buy tomatoes paste, which cost Nigeria over sixteen billion Naira in its efforts to make sure that the inner demand of the country is supported.

Commercial Tomatoes Production Trend In Nigeria:

I have said that, most of the tomatoes growing Nigeria are growing in the northern part of Nigeria. Tomatoes crops thrives in the temperature that is l ranging between twenty five degree Celsius and thirty four degree Celsius. Tomatoes are sensible to humidity and are also sensitive rain water.

Apart from those states in the northern Nigeria mentioned earlier, other states provides highest yield of tomatoes, and these include,

-Jigawa state, and

– Delta state and

-Kwara state and

-Oyo state and

-Borno state and

-Bauchi state, as well as,

– Plateau state.

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Tomatoes are normally planted in these states between the month of August and the month of September.

However, the highest yield of tomatoes ever recorded in this country was in 2010, and about $687,610,000 was the overall value of that yield.

Even at that, it did not satisfy Nigerian population. Again the total demand for tomatoes in the country is about almost 2 to 3 million tons each year, and because of the poor production chain in the country, Nigerian citizens have wasted from about 750 000 to 1, 350, 000 tons of tomatoes.

The question now is, how can one helps with these tomatoes wastes? Having said that, I will love us to consider these two outstanding examples for the profitability of tomatoes production in this country

Examples For The Profitability Of Tomatoes Production In Nigeria:

Below are the outstanding examples for the profitability of tomatoes production in Nigeria

Tomato Jos: (Nassarawa State)

The company began sometime in 2014. It was started by both Mira Mehta and Shane Kiernan. It was actually the very first model in social business in the area of farming for Nigeria.

The reason for the formation of the company was for the purpose of revolutionizing the commercial tomatoes production in the country.

During this time Mira was working with Nongovernmental organization NGO, when she created her business model for tomatoes production. According to her, what she observed was  the downsides of this business, during her work time in the tomatoes farm.

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As a result, some tomatoes were not sold why because farmers could not access them. And this had caused these tomatoes to get spoiled.

When noticed that, in this country, millions of dollars are spent in buying tomatoes paste, She has to undertook an economic analysis of commercial tomatoes production in Nigeria and then come up with an idea to begin tomatoes paste business in the country.

Through this innovation, she has been able to help Nigeria in satisfying local markets demands. Interestingly, over a 100 smallholder tomatoes farmer in Nigeria have decided to join Tomato Jos.

However, the production of tomatoes begins in Nassarawa State, where over $55 000 was first contributed to tomatoes production business, and was made easy by the help of the Kickstarter platform.

Having gone this far, Mira Mehta is still working towards sourcing for funds for this projects., and according to her, She is to raise about $2 million dollars this year for her program.

Aliko Dangote: (Kano State)

Another example for the profitability of tomatoes production in Nigeria is Aliko Dangote.  Aliko Dangote has also decided to take part in the commercial  tomatoes production in Nigeria.

He is the Nigeria’s richest man, as well as, the Africa’s richest man. Some years back, he started a tomatoes processing factory in the Kano State.

He spent almost $20 million in that project. He believed that, his tomatoes processing facility in Kano state will replace tomatoes paste importation in the country.

Meanwhile, Swiss company has also built a new processing tomatoes plant in this country. A plant with capacity to process  over 400 000 tons of tomatoes yearly.

This huge tomatoes market in the country spurred Dangote to venture into tomatoes production business. His belief was that Nigeria has the capacity of overcoming commercial tomatoes production.

Read Also: Tomatoes Cultivation and Its Potential in Nigeria


I have let you know in this article, the top states in Nigeria that are into tomatoes production business, and this business actually thrive in the northern part of Nigeria.

Besides few states in the east that is also in the commercial tomatoes production in Nigeria, tomatoes are cultivated in the northen part of the country mostly, and most of these states are in the northen Nigeria.

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