The Ghana-based Trasacco group has secured a plot of land in the north of Sal Island, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), to install a tomato production unit, and the chief executive of the FOISal company, Ronald Quist and the Minister of Economy and Employment, José Gonçalves signed a contract for the project on Monday in Praia, according to Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress.
“We expect an investment of approximately 140 million euros, employing 3,600 workers, providing housing for most of them, to export approximately 150,000 tons of tomato per year, worth approximately 300 million euros,” said Quist.
Quist said that since May a test was underway on a hectare of land with three production cycles to study the technical requirements to obtain high yield tomato plants and to monitor and control insects, fungi and pests.
The area will be further extended to 6 hectares to obtain organic product certification and start exporting, Quist said without giving targets for exports to begin.
In a second phase, he added, there will be “rapid development of more than 100 hectares,” and, in the third phase, the project will be expanded to a planted area of up to 1,100 hectares, with the unit expanding by 200 hectares per year. (macauhub)