Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Nigeria: Kaduna State Govt. announces outbreak of tomato disease

The Kaduna State government has declared a state of emergency on tomato, following an outbreak of tomato blight that has destroyed about 80% of tomato farms in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Manzo Maigari, disclosed this at a press conference to mark the one year anniversary of the Nasir El-Rufai administration in the state.

He said that the disease outbreak is largely responsible for the scarcity of tomatoes in the country.

He explained that the tomato disease is caused by an insect called ‘leaf miner’, which eats up the tomato leaves and the soft parts, and disclosed that a team of officials from the ministry have been dispatched to Kenya to seek intervention.

He also disclosed that over 200 farmers have been affected with loses put at over N1billion.

Those who have been shopping lately would know that  the cost of tomato in the market has increased drastically; now goes as high as N40,000 from the former N3,000 per basket.