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Tomato is one of the most important cooking ingredient in the county. Ninety percent of our food is never complete without tomato. We use it in cooking stews, soups, salads, portages, and virtually every food imaginable in the land. It goes with everything, so much that none of our traditional foods ever rejected tomato.

Benefits Of Tomato Farming

Health – This wonderful fruit berry is an excellent source of good amount of vitamin C and beta-carotene. Tomatoes deep redness mean it’s a very good source of antioxidant agents. It’s a powerful source of vitamin E and enhance the health and sharpness of the eyes. You can never go wrong with tomatoes as far as nutrition and health is concerned.

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Profit – The market is always there for tomatoes in Nigeria. Why not? A product

Tomato Farming
Ripped Tomatoes ready for the market

that is consumed by close to 200 million people, no amount you produced that will ever going to be enough. In 2012, Nigeria imported 65,809 tonnes of processed Tomato that worth over N11.7 Billion. That was in addition to the massive tonnes produced locally in the North. Tomatoes alone takes out over N100 billion annually from Nigerians!

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What exactly are Nigerians doing that a whooping amount of N11.7 billion has to go to other countries economy for a product that does very well in almost every Nigerian soil? This is a question we need to ask ourselves as we prepare for this year’s farming season.

If you have N3 million and you invest it in tomato farming this season, you will double that investment within nine months.

How To Grow Tomatoes

Tomato farming is very simple. Anyone can do it in any capacity, either in the backyard or in commercial quantity. Growing tomato is much more rewarding than you could ever imagined. Tomato can be grown round the year, especially in places like Kano where there is irrigation system specifically made for it. In other places, it is best cultivated during the rainy season.

Step 1: (Pick up The Best Species) – The improved yield specie is the best

High Yield Tomato Variety
The high yield tomato variety | Photo credit: Testi-Lee

choice for farmers, do not pick the local species. In this case, I will recommend the Roma variety. The Roma tomato known for it’s size and redness is a plum tomato very popular in the Nigerian markets. This specie can be used both for canning and producing tomato paste. It is also commonly found in supermarkets in some countries like the United States. Roma tomatoes are also known as Italian tomatoes, it is also called Italian plum tomatoes.

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What makes Roma specie very unique is it’s long shelf life, it’s hard back, and low water content which enables it to last longer after harvest. A paint rubber of the seed cost about N4,500

Step 2: (Prepare The Nursery)  – This can be done around March/April when the rain is just beginning in most parts of the country. You can use your backyard for the nursery or any other piece of land the is suitable for it. Tomatoes does very well in most soil types in Nigeria but better in a black loose loamy soil. Prepare the ground by clearing the grasses and rubble, loosen the soil with hand trowel and hoes.

Remove the seeds from the tomatoes and spread it on the prepared soil. You can cover it with dry grasses to prevent the lose of moisture from the soil and prevent birds ants fowls from eating off the tomato seed.

Within 5-7days you will see it germinating. Wait till about another five days before you remove the dry grasses to allow for proper growth. Leave it for another one month before transplanting.

Step 3: (Transplant to The Garden/Farm) – The final journey will be moving it into the permanent farm where they would grow to maturity and production.

If your farm is too big that you can’t do the transplanting alone, hire laborers according to your need. You need to be careful with the tender plan to avoid breaking it. Transplant is best done with hands for better results.

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Open the soil with piece of small wood, insert the seedling into the hole and cover it with lose soil. Tomato plan is very tender and fragile, it is best transplanted the same day you uprooted it from the nursery to avoid dehydration and fatigue.

Step 4: (Weed and Apply Fertilizer) – After two months from transplant, it will be time for weeding. Hire laborers to do the weeding while you supervise to ensure that your tomato plants are not damaged during the process of removing weeds.

Tomato Farming
Tomato Orchard with ripped Tomatoes | Photo credit: RIF Garden

After the first weed, it will be time to apply fertilizer to help replenish the soil nutrients taken by the weeds. To grow successfully, tomatoes need nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, potash, calcium, and magnesium, along with other trace minerals. It’s always best to have your soil tested to check for nutrient levels and pH level.

Use fertilizer that supply those vital nutrients – N-P-K ratio fertilizer can be very good for tomatoes. See types of fertilizers that are very good for tomatoes.

Step 5: (Harvest Your Tomatoes) – Tomato is harvested in matches, the moment you starts harvesting, you’ll continue on weekly basis till the end of the season, usually it will keep producing till the dry season when the plant will die off due to the scorching heat.

The first harvest starts within three months after planting. That means if you plan by April, you should be expecting your first harvest to start by June/July. From then, it will continue till November/December.

Step 6 (Market Your Tomatoes) – It is important to prepare your marketing well ahead of harvesting. Look for who or where to supply the product. This is because, tomato is a perishable product unless you have built storage system.

Mile 12 is the major market for fresh tomatoes and other vegetables in Lagos. Its purely dominated by the Northerners who majors in this farming, harvesting cash over the years. Why? 90% of vegetables consumed in Lagos are brought in from the North. Virtually nothing is produced in the. South West, South East and South South. Lagos alone has over 15,000,000 million people consuming tomatoes almost on daily basis. So, you can see the potential in the farming business.

There is need for smart entrepreneurs to see the opportunity for big business and big money in this sector. We have gotten to the point where we need young savvy entrepreneurs to break into this sector and start producing and delivering quality, hygienic tomatoes at very affordable price.

The mass market remains the key to success in Agribusiness and I would rather sell 1,000 basket a day for N2,000 each than sell just 100 basket a day for N5,000 per basket. The money is in the mass market and we need to start seeing it that way and working that way. Produce more, sell less amount, and make more money.

If you start preparation now for this venture, you will harvest cash all season. Feel free to ask questions using the comment section and contribute your knowledge to help us all grow in this tomato farming business .

+Darlinton Omeh

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80 Comments

  • Anonymous February 9, 2015

    YOu are a blessing to this nation. How you selflessly put these information together is beyond me. pls keep the good work. i will contact you very soon for investment

    • Kehinde Daramola February 20, 2017

      Dear sir
      if you want to make good cash from tomato farming we can give you hitech tomato farming tech. so that you can yield maximum profit this year
      for more info.

  • Darlinton Omeh February 9, 2015

    Thank you very much and we look forward to having you in our midst.

    • Muhammad Kabir Ahmad June 14, 2016

      Sir,how can I get it?I am ready to starts, since I have big land but I leaved it zero.I am waiting your responds. Thanks.

    • zik July 4, 2016

      Hi, my name is Ogolo Zik and I stays in PH Rivers State. I secure some land for tomatoes farming but I have some issues to make choice of species of seed, actually I was searching for Jet Star tomatoes seed bcus of its massive production, pls this Roma Specie tomatoes dose it share the same production like Jet star tomatoes seed? If yes pls how can I get it? Pls I need your help? My number is you can also Wasap with it Thanks

  • Anonymous February 12, 2015

    As a fresh graduate , how can I raise money to acquire land(either by lease or rent) to kick start this tomato or pepper farming?

  • adepoju korede March 8, 2015

    wow! what a good exposition. highly encouraging will follow you on twitter because i just need some that will do a kind of follow-up for my first year in farming though the land is available for me .

    • Dozie September 1, 2016

      can anyone help with respect to farmland in Ogun state? thank you.

  • adepoju korede March 8, 2015

    what a nice exposition . will follow you on twitter. though the land is available yet i still need your advice .this is my first year in cultivation of land .

  • Emmanuel Ogunesan June 24, 2015

    thanks brother, can roma specie tomatoes grow well in ibadan?

  • Funlola Ojelade July 4, 2015

    Great blog. Just one thing though- your posting will reach international audience, it will help to have someone (or a group of people) proofread them before posting.

  • OKUSAGA, Tajudeen O. January 15, 2016

    YOu are a blessing to our generation and future generations of Nigeria. You have shown your love and believe in the success of Nigerian nation. Please keep up the good work of educating Nigerians and humanity at large.

    Meanwhile, i wish to seek information on how and where i can find ROMA (Italian) tomato seeds to buy. I shall be grateful if you could let me know where to get the seeds in Lagos or Ota area of Ogun State.

    • Darlinton Omeh January 15, 2016

      Thank you Tajudeen, Roma species of tomatoes are in the open market like mile 12 market, that’s the easiest place you can get. Ask those Housa tomato farmers/dealers and they will sell the tomatoes to you.

      • Muhammad Kabir Ahmad June 14, 2016

        You’re quite oh right blessing to this nation, especially in this critical situation, we needs somebody like you,I saluted you to the extent. Then I joined you,hope you send me all I need. Thanks as usual considered. Muhammad Kabir Ahmad.

  • Henrietta Babajide January 18, 2016

    Thank you so much for the information. I intend to start tomato farming this season. Where can I get the very good species?
    Thanks again

  • wale olusoga January 20, 2016

    Thanks for your efforts in putting this together, you are surely a blessing to our generation.

    I do like to invest in this venture but can you Pls give me more information on the onion and tomatoes farming.

    Kind regards

    Wale Olusoga

  • samson john January 21, 2016

    Apart from the planting drying off by November/ December owing scotching heat, it is possible to get the plants preserved by way of irrigation or wetting. If yes will it still be productive as a normal plant.

  • Franklyn January 21, 2016

    Thank you sir for exposing us this wonderful opportunity as a corp member about to pass out this april am very very happy and excited to start up tomatoes\pepper farming but I will need your guidiance I don’t know if you can give us your email address to contact you this is mine I would really appreciate if you can reach me.lastly sir,can the roman specie of tomatoes be grown in benin? What specie of pepper is the best? And what is the minimum amount you can start up with? And what are some ofthe challenges can one face when you start up?I will really appreciate if you can get back to me, thanks again

    • Darlinton Omeh January 21, 2016

      Yes, Roma specie of tomatoes can do very well in Benin. I have lived there and I know Benin has good lands suitable for tomato farming.

      • David February 27, 2016

        Hello Mr. Darlington,

        Good morning and thank you for this piece.

        I currently have about 5 hectares of land and I intend to cultivate tomato, pepper and strawberry, using the greenhouse technology. What do you advise?

  • Franklyn January 21, 2016

    Thanks sir, please which is the best specie of and what are the common problems one can encounter as perplanting, growth and harvest?because there is no business without risk

  • FunmiK January 25, 2016

    God bless you sir! I came across your blog via google since I am determined to go into serious SME this year as I am so tired of working with one-man-firm. But like the last post said; what are the risks and common problems involved with its pre-planting, growth and harvest stages? More so, can you advice the most suitable area/place in Lagos to acquire good soil as you mentioned above? And are there people who in Lagos where one can acquire in form of rent or lease mini farm land to go into this production.

    Thank you sir.

    • Darlinton Omeh January 26, 2016

      There is no much farmland in Lagos as everyone here is concerned about real estate development only. Every land in Lagos is going for real estate, however there are still lands for farming which you can ask from people who are familiar with your area.

      • Albertina April 23, 2016

        Am very much interested in agriculture products am new to the system here in Nigeria i wish to meet with farmers who arw already in the sectors i will like to try few km outside Lagos but with very good soil or a gud land in lagos am fresh…. But am determine not only tomatoes alot more 2 heads are better then one….

      • Blessing May 25, 2016

        Thank you very much for this Tutorial, i have been thinking for a long time on what to do with my life and with the hectares of land my Grand Dad left Behind in sapele delta state. Now my eyes are opened. i want to go commercial in a large scale. i would like to consult you on a personal level pls send me an email containing your contact details so we can do business. my Email is

        thanks

        Blessing

  • Ogbole samson January 28, 2016

    I am Samson Ogbole, I can help set up aeroponics system (planting crops without the use of soil) for tomatoes farming. The cycle is faster as compared to traditional farming. Aeroponics system can be used for over 100 plants (herbs, vegetables, fruit, tubers etc). Check “sreach aeroponics group” on facebook.
    Thank you Mr. umeh for the platform

    • Adex February 17, 2016

      Hello Mr. Ogbole, I will appreciate it if you can give more detailed information on your contact, thanks.

    • David June 1, 2016

      Hello Samson,

      Good information. How do I contact you for this. My email is. Please let’s connect.

      Thanks

  • Ismail Rasheed February 10, 2016

    What a lovely idea here, may God bless you sir. I feel highly inspired after reading this piece and am just ready to key-in into this idea. I’ll follow u on twitter. Thank you.

  • Precious Udegbue February 22, 2016

    Good day Mr Darlinton,thank you so much for this enlightening piece of information.
    I’d like to know the cost per acre for planting, growing and harvesting pepper, tomatoes, maize and potatoes. Thank you..

  • Oladele February 28, 2016

    Good work Mr. Darlington, God bless you for your selflessness. Pls I want to know if irrigation could aid the tomato and pepper planting in Osun State? Quantity of seed that would be needed for one acre? and Like how many tonnes can one acre of land produce? Once again, God bless you

  • Aderemi March 2, 2016

    What a great work! you have reignited me once again, my plan now for this year is to go into farming both Animal& Crop.You are too good in this area.How better for us if all of can engage in one or two of these and see how money would continue to flow in our economy.Nigerian should wake up from their slumber,and dream.

  • abdulmalik sabiu March 6, 2016

    How many tones can i get from one acre, from the roma varieties? secondly, what is the best type of fungicide and herbicide that i can use? Finally, is the roma varieties hybrids?
    THANKS

  • Famoroti Ezekiel March 24, 2016

    Thank you for the eye opener, please i need your mentorship on this business. I have been able to raise some capital for this project and least some space of land for thesame purpose. But i dont want to dabble into it. I need information like where to get the right species of seed or seedlings, fertilizer, to hire the implements like tractor for making ridges or weed control chemicals or some other information that may be of value to the success of my plan. Your quick response will be best appreciated. Thank you

  • Adebanji Olamilekan March 28, 2016

    So wonderful sir,am impressed & blessed with did ur quality info.Thanks sir.But I want to ask,do u need heaps or beds for ur pepper and tomato cultivation?

  • Julius Ubuake March 28, 2016

    Thanks so much for this life transforming information. I am so delighted and blessed with this eye opening wealth of business.

    Where can I get these Roma tomatoes species.

  • GODWILL Obielum April 18, 2016

    Please I want to know the minimum spacing when planting tomatoes and the advantages of applying the drip irrigation system. Secondly is there where in Nigeria I can get the drip irrigation system to purchase.

  • Shitu April 20, 2016

    Hello,pls am looking at doing d tomatoes farming during raining season.how can I get d seedlings that can grow during raining season.also pls can I get ur contact phone number so I call you to talk more.

  • Judith April 28, 2016

    Where can One get the fertilizer in Lagos?

  • Fred May 2, 2016

    please can I get the viable Italian tomatoes seeds? please help me, it’s urgent.

  • mercy Frank May 2, 2016

    Thanks for info more grease to your elbow.

  • mercy Frank May 3, 2016

    Good info thanks

  • Ezindu May 4, 2016

    Interested, I ‘ ll need to converse with you with regards to seedlings etc.

  • Mrs Nneka Obi May 5, 2016

    Darlington first of all I want to say thank you for this very good information. Actually I am caterer and I have been so bitter about the cost of tomatoes in the market so it just hit me that I can actually grow it for my use and sell as well.

    Bottom line I have 6 plots of land somewhere around Eleko beach and I just said why not start a tomatoe farm there, that was why I searched on line for this information.

    So I just have some questions, after reading your blog, first of all you said with 3 Million Naira one can start, since I already have a land what else do I really need to spend money on part from the Labour, and the initial purchase of the tomatoe seeds.

  • nelic May 8, 2016

    how can i have the seed

  • Adetunmbi Olufemi May 11, 2016

    I need to first appreciate ur efforts on here, its great. I’m a graduate of Plant Science from Michael Okpara University & currently serving in Osun state. The Ministry of Agric just approved to give lease 1ha of land that I wish to start Tomato farming on. I need someone to look at my project proposal and help fund it to an extent. I’ll be grateful if you can assist in that regards. Hoping to hear from you.

  • Rotimi Abidemi May 13, 2016

    Great job you are doing, pls where can I buy the Roma tomato seeds in lagos?

  • Onyeagu emeke May 15, 2016

    Thank you sir, your one of the great minds we have in this country. God bless sir, keep this on keep showing people the way.
    Pls i want to start this business in the south, delta state to be precise i have seen your exlanation but i want more, with the soil and weather in the south can the cultivation of this tomatoes crop compete with that in the north in quality and quantity? Tell me more thank you

  • seun May 16, 2016

    How can one get the seeds to plant? Large quantity please.

  • segun May 16, 2016

    thank you sir for this ur write,may God bless you for enlighten us

  • Joy May 19, 2016

    Please can tomatoes grow in Delta state

  • Anjorin Fatai May 19, 2016

    thanks for this wonderful exposure but how can one get the seed in large quantity especially the recommended roma specie

    thanks

  • segun shodipo May 20, 2016

    I read ur post on tomato farming. I am interested. I have some acres of land in mosimi, shagamu. Pls how can I contact u for advise on the farming business.

  • bola May 20, 2016

    Pls can tomatoe grow here on Lagos soil? I want to go into this and I need assistance

  • Eguavoen May 21, 2016

    Thanks for this wonderful information. I am an agric graduate, tired if working in people’s farm. I want to out all the efforts I expend daily in managing farms for people into my personal venture. Please where exactly can one get the planting seeds that are favourable to our soils and climate around Edo? Do one just extract seeds from the freshly purchased tomatoes from the market or is there a seed distribution market? Please highlight us on these. Thanks and God bless

  • Ogho May 21, 2016

    Thanks so very much for your post. My question is how can one identify this particular Roma specie of tomatoes? I currently live in Abuja and would be grateful for any insights provided. Thank you.

  • OJULARI UTHMAN May 23, 2016

    GOD BLESS YOU BRO. AM READY FOR THE FARMING NOW.

  • Princeton eleke May 23, 2016

    Is it mandatory to do your nursery separately? …cant one prepare the nursery on the farmland and grow it from there?

  • Rita May 23, 2016

    Hello
    Wonderful piece on tomatoes.how do I get the Roma seeds please.

  • Okojie E.E. May 25, 2016

    Thanks so much Sir, for enlighting us with your farming idea.Before now, i have started investing on mixed farm that takes Cayenne pepper, Tomatoes, Fluted Pumpkin and Okro on a land of about 15 Acres in my home town Ishan at Edo state. Maybe i will face some challenges. So, i humbly beg for your kindness to stand for me as mentor that could push me through those challenges. I will be so glad if you offer me such access to call on you for further advices. Thanks.

  • Matthew Okosun May 26, 2016

    Hi Darlington Omen. Thanks a lot for the write up. Please are you on Facebook? I would like to ask a few personal questions. Thanks

  • prudence May 30, 2016

    Please how can i get the seeds of the tomatoes, or do i have to get the fruit. I want to start this business next month, hope its not late.

  • KAyooluwa June 1, 2016

    Hello Sir,
    can one plant tomatoes in raining season like mid June? will it affect the yield?

  • joseph June 1, 2016

    How many basket can one harvest from acre.

  • Sali Dukas June 3, 2016

    Is roma tomatoes same as ease-west tomatoes, I’m having difficulty finding roma tomato seeds.

  • Juliet June 8, 2016

    Thanks a lot sir, this is very inspiring. Please i will like to know more about this as i am interested in tomatoes, onion and pepper farming. Please contact me on my email. Kindly send your details to my mail box so i can contact you directly for further consultation.

  • Bode June 13, 2016

    Thanks mr darlington for this wonderful piece.please can I have your phone number and where can one get this Roma specie in Lagos.

  • Ola Oladimeji June 16, 2016

    Thanks for this resourceful information; May God bless you sir. Please kindly give me the opportunity to talk to you on this topic; I am interested in the business, but I’ll like to discuss with you more sir. I’ll appreciate if you can share you contact number with me. Thank you sir.

  • Divinity June 17, 2016

    Tomato is One of the easiest crops to grow. Last year, I had some tomatoes in my garden. I did it as a hobby and it pays off. Am planning to build a business around my hobby soon.

  • Abigail June 24, 2016

    Thanks for the tips.I cultivated tomatoes for the first time and for domestic consumption.I was happy when they started bearing fruits. But it hurts me to see the fruits rotting while still on the stalk. This has forced me to harvest most of them prematurely. Please how do I preserve the harvested ones till they ripen and how do I prevent a reoccurrence cos the plants are still bearing fruits.

  • Max June 25, 2016

    I gives me joy to see your blog I want to start tomatoes business this next April season please i will like to have your contact so that i can discuss more of this with you.

  • Raymond July 3, 2016

    Good evening Sir. Please i would like to know the quantity of fertilizer required for a plot of land for tomato farming as well as the quantity of Roma seeds required for a plot. Can i start planting in July and yield results? Thank you Sir

  • Ajifolokun Gbenga July 7, 2016

    Pls I’ll like to know other species of tomatoes.Thanks.

  • Rufus July 14, 2016

    Great work indeed. May Almighty God bless u. Please I have been planting
    Tomatoes, but when is about to frit it will all die. What about the pests control sir.

  • HonoursFarm July 18, 2016

    Thanks so much for sharing your Ideas with the public….am so grateful because i really gain a lotb from…..My question is can i plant the Roma TOMATO Specie in Ogun State??…..will be so grateful if my question is bin given an urgent reply

  • biola July 19, 2016

    Please am very much interested in tomato farming, will like to discuss more with u.pls email me so we talk more better

  • omzet December 15, 2016

    Can I still plant tomato now in December.

  • BuhariMusaAyuba December 18, 2016

    It’s So 🌷🌱 beautiful to farm, if we would found dozens of you and we heed your advise, we would not be foolish undreamed graduates, who does bring their result into action and left our country in vein, but thank God we’re now turning around and I pray it keeps happening, so please how can we get this specie and what about it’s nutritional value over the other varieties. Thanks a lot may God bless you.

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