How Tomato ebola can be managed ---NATPAN

As tomato ebola also known as Tuta Absoluta is destroying tomato farms across some states in the country, the chairman, National Tomato Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (NATPAN) Kaduna state chapter, Rabiu Aliyu Zuntu has explained how consumers can manage the outbreak.

The development is said to have caused an increase in the price of tomatoes in the market

He said that the outbreak of the insect took all tomato farmers in the north especially Kaduna state by surprise, adding that, tomato production and supply this year would reduced by wide margin if government fails to intervene.

Speaking in the same vein, a NAPTAN secretary who was affected by the tomato ebola in Kaduna state, Mallam Haruna said the insect had ravaged 90percent of his  tomato farms.

"Many of the tomato growers in the northern region had been thrown out of business due losses suffered by the invasion.

Haruna, while appealing to federal and state governments to supply Tuta trap tray developed by National Horticultural Research Institute, NIHORT and the institues insecticides, Lyptol and Raktin, stressed the need for urgent intervention so as to prevent impending tomato scarcity in the country.

Also, Acting Head bio pesticide centre, National Horticultural Research Institute, NIHORT,  Mr Abiola Ladigbolu said the insect which migrate alot not only loves high temperature as currently experience in the northern part of Nigeria but mines into tomato green leave hide with the leave and later burrow into the tomato fruit.

Ladigbolu explained that the out break of the insect in 2015 was tackled through Tuta trap tray developed by the Institute and the institues insecticides, Lyptol and Raktin

Ladigbolu, the tomato scientist however urged farmers to ensure onset application of the Ƨhemicals to prevent repeat of devastation of tomato farmland.

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