PRAN, an agro-processors in the country, is collecting tomatoes from the farmers of the different districts especially from the northern areas to manufacture tomato-based products including sauce and ketchup.
PRAN sets target to procure 12,000 metric tons of tomatoes for the season, said a press release.
PRAN is collecting tomatoes from its contract farmers and it has around 10,500 contract farmers in Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Bogra, Pabna, Natore, Khulna, and some other districts this year. Sarowar Hossain, General Manager of Barind Industrial Park said, "Lots of tomatoes are cultivated in Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Pabna, Natore, and surrounding districts. We have started collecting and pulping tomatoes in full swing like the previous years."
He also added that this year, the contract farmers of PRAN has cultivated tomatoes for around 1000 bighas of land. After receiving the tomatoes at our factory, tomatoes are taken to our automatic machine which later turns into tomato paste. The paste is preserved in an aseptic system.
Kamruzzaman Kamal, Director (Marketing) at PRAN-RFL group said, "PRAN always gives the highest importance to maintain quality and the quality of the products largely depends on the raw materials.
Considering this, PRAN started contractual cultivation of tomatoes in 2010 and working intensively with farmers, and the representatives of PRAN are giving training and consultancy and providing instrument-related support to the farmers. As a result, farmers get bumper crops from per bigha land and become financially benefited in the season."
He also added that sauce and ketchup, manufactured from tomatoes, are very popular in Bangladesh and many other countries. Presently, PRAN exports its sauce and ketchup to many countries including India, Malaysia, the UAE, the USA, Italy and Sweden.