Members of the Fruits and Vegetables Growers and Marketers association of Nigeria staged a protest against the Nigerian Customs Service in Ogun State.
The farmers said that the men of Nigerian Customs stormed the market and seized over 2,000 baskets of tomatoes, the tomatoes were planted and harvested in Ijoun, Yew a-North Local Government Area of the State.
“They are now auctioning it at their head office. They said it was a Federal Government’s directive that the Customs should impound tomatoes and peppers planted in Nigeria. Our goods are not imported at all. They were planted here in Nigeria. Our produce were impounded in Ijoun. We have been to the customs office where it was confirmed to us that our produce were being auctioned at N200 per basket” The state Chairman of the association, Timothy Eweoba.
According to political commentators and activists, the politics of this particular seizure is aimed at refusing western grown tomatoes access to markets where north grown tomatoes are sold – this is all in a bid to kill the competition while allowing only tomatoes grown upnorth access in southern markets.