Nigeria: Tomato scarcity looms, as farmers lose N1.3bn, 300 hectares to ‘ebola’

Tuta Absoluta, also known as Tomato Ebola, is currently ravaging tomato farms in parts of the country, costing as much as N1.3 billion in economic dimensions, with scarcity looming.

The situation has led to collaborative efforts by the Federal Government; Nigeria Agribusiness Group, NABG; Hort Nigeria; Nigerian Horticultural Research Institute, NIHORT; Syngenta; International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA, and others to tackle the disease.

They raised the alarm over Tomato Ebola at a briefing by Horti Nigeria, supported by the Netherlands, adding that the ravaging insects were ruining huge investments of farmers in Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, and Gombe States.

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