In a our subsequent talking as agricultural produce. So now, tomatoes sing. You can equally transform the plant into jam and ketchup, but we’ll stick with adhesive for today because it has the most comprehensive business in Nigeria
Nigeria imports over 70 million tonnes of processed tomato annually amounting to some N20billion. In other words, Africa’s l
prioritising tomato processing as one of the ways to encourage farmers and enhance agriculture.
The reason why the processing of tomato is such a lucrative business is that the product itself can expand during processing.
Tomato processing on a commercial scale is capital intensive.
It costs more than the average Nigerian can take on alone. But with the current economic and agriculture trends, it is still one of the most lucrative businesses one could embark on. Not to worry, I will give you suggestions on some ways you can raise money to start this business.
Processing tomato into a paste has many benefits. One of the critical advantages of tomato processing is that it reduces food wastage. You can store processed tomato for a longer time without fear of damaged products.
Setting up a tomato processing company translates into real money for tomatoes processing companies. Because value is added to the raw tomato.
You get more benefit for more extended time sales.
Tomato processing lowers the cost of tomatoes around the offseason. Because we lack proper storage facilities and excellent road networks, plants are often available during certain times and very scarce at some other period. Processing ensures availability of produce round the year, reducing scarcity.
Processed tomato is more natural
Challenges of tomato production
It doesn’t help that many of the vital tomato paste brands have such low quality that people get sceptical towards commercially processed food
Because of that, many people only use prepared tomato paste when there is not enough raw tomato to use. This drives up the cost of fresh tomatoes, defeating one of the essential goals of tomato processing in the first place.
The challenge is that you face a hard time convincing people about the quality of your product. But once they are satisfied, you are set to fly.
How to process tomato to paste
The following is a step by step guide to preparing tomato
The first step is to sort the right type of raw tomatoes for processing. Getting the right species youre
Weighing your product is vital. The rationale of your preservative formula. This will also ensure that all the batches of processed tomatoes have actual dietary.
Cleaning them up
Clean with water
Blanching is also known as a pre-processing treatment is also very important. This helps remove the skin, seeds and offensive odour from the tomatoes before processing. Put the plants in boiling water for 5-7 minutes until the skin easily peels off. Peeling off the skin is essential
It is the process of cooking tomatoes to a pulp for commercial production. You can use a manual or motorised machine.
Boiling, sieving, drying off the water
Boil the blended tomatoes and serve. This is to separate the pulp and the sea. Preventing bacteria growth in your finished product. You should increase the acid level of the tomatoes
to do that, you have to add lemon juice while boiling to reduce the degree to about 4.2 or 4.3
After sieving, you should slowly heat the tomato paste, while stirring to prevent burning until you get the tomato concentrate
Preservation and packaging
Just like any other processing business, packaging your processed product is key to a successful business. Be creative in your packaging system. The most popular materials used in packaging tomato paste are bottles, sachet and tins.
The method of packaging used would determine what preservation techniques are required to increase the shelf life the pasteurisation technique to preserve your product
Consult a nutritionist to help determine the right method of preservation for the packaging style of your choice
Brand and market
There are many systems to brand and market your products especially significant.
Use every means necessary to publicise your product: magazines, newspaper, television and radio adverts, posters, handbills-whatever your budget can afford. A well-publicised business has a higher chance of succeeding.
Essential considerations for tomato processing business
Getting the right location
Tomato processing business is one of the firms that require registration for it to run. The reason is that you have to be licenced and monitored to avoid using incompetent employees or less quality product to endanger the lives of people through food.
This also protects your company from fraudsters; and those that may want to take advantage of your company. Certification required is NAFDAC.it is certified registered body.
For tomato processing, a business plan is an essential tool to determine your profit and your speed. Determining the number of employees and the kind of employee. Quality of equipment and other things. These go a long way to determine the long-term viability of the company.
Tomato processing challenges
Tomato Produce is a perishable commodity; Therefore, it requires a lot of care and careful carriage and preservation. The kind of vehicle used to convey them to the permanent location. The conservation of the products during transportation to avoid the effects of bacteria and fermentation and lots more to mention.