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
- 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.
- It took Sudan about three years to recover from a similar attack in 2010.
- Chemical solution to Tuta Absoluta is at best temporary.
- 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.