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Tomato Scarcity In Nigeria Caused By Killer Tomato Pest Tuta Absoluta Attacking Farms In The North

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Tomato Scarcity In Nigeria Caused By Killer Tomato Pest Tuta Absoluta Attacking Farms In The North

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May 23, 2016 – Killer Tomatoes Disease In Nigeria: 6 Facts About Tuta Absoluta, A Killer Pest Destroying Farms In Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa & Plateau States


Tomato Shortages In Nigeria Caused By Killer Tomato Pest Tuta Absoluta Attacking Farms In Northern Nigeria

AgroNet has released more information on a deadly pest now attacking tomato farms in Katsina, Kano, Plateau and Jigawa states.

The pest named Tomato Leafminer aka Tuta Absoluta originated from South America.

It has the ability to destroy a whole tomato farm within 48 hours and is also very difficult to control due to its high mutation capacity.

It has resistance to insecticides.

More facts about Tuta Absoluta

  1. Around this time last year, farmers in some parts of Nigeria recorded loses as a result of this same pest attack but the consequences of this attack weren’t reflected in the price of the commodity because the demand for the crop wasn’t as high as it is now.
  2. It took Sudan about three years to recover from a similar attack in 2010.
  3. Chemical solution to Tuta Absoluta is at best temporary.
  4. T. Absoluta can only be controlled through comprehensive program targeting all life stages.

Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote was forced to shut down his factory because of tomato scarcity.

Farmers in the north have started using T Absoluta chemical solution to curb this destructive pest.

Nigeria is expected to recover from tomato scarcity before the end of August.

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  1. D Hunter

    May 23, 2016 at 6:47 AM

    Something that originated from far away South America now affecting us here in Nigeria? WONDERS!

    Thank God that certain natural disasters like Earthquakes, Tonadoes etc has not remember Nigeria.

    Otherwise, just imagine walking one day long a path and all of a sudden the Earth under your feet decided to laugh? What next?

    I take a stroll…

  2. Big Aunty Koks

    May 23, 2016 at 6:51 AM

    Now the cause of the scarcity is known I pray the spread is contained. A beg nothing should stop the farmers from reaping the fruit of their back breaking labor. Those of us who live in cities and do not have lands to farm on know how difficult it is to successfully nurture one stand of tomato plant in a flower pot so we can empathize with the farmers and hope something is done to cushion their loss.

  3. sola olaniyi

    May 23, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    End of august is too far mehn..

  4. Maryf

    May 23, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    No wonder I can’t afford tomatoes again. I love fresh tomatoes and now its scarce because of this useless pest!

  5. Debby

    May 23, 2016 at 12:10 PM


  6. sharon stone

    May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    earth laugh kwam. hahahahahahahHahHhahabahaahahaba

  7. odey david

    May 24, 2016 at 3:23 AM


  8. fifelomo

    May 24, 2016 at 5:09 AM

    Like seriously????????

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