Wednesday, 25 May 2016

FG : TOMATO EBOLA INVADES SIX STATES IN NIGERIA


Audu Ogbeh
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The pest ,Tuta absoluta (TOMATO EBOLA) had invaded six states in Nigeria, this development was announced by the federal government yesterday. The TOMATO EBOLA is responsible for the massive destruction of tomatoes in farms.
It also disclosed that Nigeria spent about N80bn  annually tomato paste importation, adding that many of the imported products were substandard.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Audu Ogbeh, who said this during a press briefing in Abuja, stated that the report that tomato processing factories had mopped-up tomato fruits in Nigeria was unfounded and untrue.
According to him, the highly reproductive nature of the tomato pest coupled with the favourable environment and lack of management knowledge for containment resulted in its spread like a wild fire without any challenge. This development had led to the destruction of tomato fruits in Kaduna, Lagos, Jigawa, Katsina, Plateau and Kano.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Audu Ogbeh said that Federal Government had started consulting with states and experts in other to fashion out measures to tackle the pest.
He said, “The pest can also attack even pepper and Irish potato. So we are confronting something quite serious. But the good thing is that we are tackling it right now as experts will commence work immediately. We are bringing the commissioners and governors of states to jointly attack this pest, which, if not dealt with, will create serious problems for food security in our country.”

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