Nigeria’s Tomatoes Crisis soon to end as the Nigeria’s National Research Institute for Chemical Technology says it has found a solution – a pesticide which will kill off the moth that has ravaged the country’s tomato crop.
The Tomato Leaf Miner moth has destroyed 80% of tomato farms in Kaduna state and other parts of the country, in the north of the country.
Other states, particularly in the north, have been badly hit too and farmers have lost millions of dollars.
The price of a basket of tomatoes has soared from NGN100 for 4 pieces of tomatoes fruits less than three months ago to more than NGN300 to NGN400 for same four pieces.
But farmers affected by the moth will have to wait as the new pesticide is not commercially available yet.
Tomatoes are a basic part of most Nigerians’ diets and officials in Kaduna state declared a state of emergency in May as the price of tomatoes rocketed.
As Nigerians, we hope that the new discovery will help eradicate this moth and bring back the tomatoes we all love to eat..
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