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'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by Adesiji77: 3:27pm On May 06, 2016
Tuta Absoluta - Tomato Leaf Miner

Consumers of fresh tomatoes in Nigeria are gradually switching to pastes, on account of a ravaging insect pest known as ‘Tuta Absoluta’ which has destroyed an estimated 40 percent of anticipated harvest, causing prices to shoot up by 105 percent, from N17,000 to N35,000 per basket.

Many fresh tomato sellers have also resorted to purchasing the produce from neighbouring countries, especially the Republic of Benin and Cameroon, in an effort to bridge the shortfall in Nigeria.

The disease which farmers also refer to as ‘Tomato Ebola’ has reduced locally available fresh tomatoes, forcing consumers to buy canned purees/pastes which are relatively cheaper.

Tuta absoluta is a harmful leaf mining moth, also called tomato leaf miner and has a strong preference for the tomato plant.

The moth travels and breeds in swarms and has a reputation for swiftly ravaging tomato cultivation in a little above 48 hours – prompting farmers to nickname it Tomato Ebola.

The moth and its lava feed on the leaves of the tomato plant, depriving it of the nutrient to flower and develop friut.

The disease has spread across tomato farmlands in the north of Nigeria, including areas in and around Makarfi, Hunkuyi, Soba and Zuntu villages in Kaduna State; in Danja, Katsina State, and in Kadawa, Dakasoye and Kura villages in Kano State, according to Agro Nigeria.

Tomatoes constitute 18 percent of all vegetables consumed by Nigeria’s 180 million populace, according to a research by the Agricultural Economics Department of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria.

Nigeria’s domestic demand for tomatoes is put at 2.3 million tonnes, while it produces only 1.8 million tons annually, according to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD).

A cross section of consumers in Lagos and other major cities told BusinessDay that they had to resort to buying tomato puree when they found that the price of the fresh fruit had risen by over 100 percent.

“There is a disease now that has made fresh tomatoes more expensive. You can imagine that a basket of tomatoes which went for N17,000 last month now sells for almost N35,000. Some of us now buy the cheaper cans and sachets,” said Alice Aliagun, managing director of small-scale Sandton Shop in Lagos.

According to Lawal Biliya Adam, secretary, tomato section of the perishable goods segment of Mile 12 Market in Lagos, there is scarcity of tomatoes currently in the market, owing to ‘Tuta Absoluta’ disease that has affected most tomato farmlands in the north.“We now send some of our boys to Cameroon to buy tomatoes since we cannot meet up with demand,” Adam said.

“Sellers bring in tomato from Ghana, Togo and Benin Republic to sell in Nigeria,” said Abiodun Oyelekan, Lagos State president of FADAMA project, and chief executive officer of Farm Fresh Agric Ventures.

According to Oyelekan, countries on the West Africa coast usually complement one another in the area of vegetables because when there is scarcity of tomatoes in one country, there is a surplus in others.

Bashir Zakari, a tomato seller in Mile 12 market said a basket of tomatoes now sells between N28,000 and N35,000 depending of the size of the basket, as against N17,000 and N18,000 obtainable a month ago.

“The price of tomatoes usually goes up by this time of the year, but this year’s increase is higher because of the tomato disease that has affected some farms in the north. It has also been raining excessively in the north and this inhibits the progress of tomatoes,” he added.
http://businessdayonline.com/2016/05/tomato-ebola-disease-spikes-price-forces-sellers-to-import/

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by akunjohn(m): 4:11pm On May 06, 2016
Which Kain end time insect be dis?, Baba God Na ur hand we dey for dis nation o!

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by Randerl: 5:15pm On May 06, 2016
How much be that tin tomato sef?

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by whizqueen(f): 7:46pm On May 06, 2016
Sachet tomato all the way

#team Gino

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by richidinho(m): 8:37pm On May 06, 2016
Rabbish
Since wey Buhari became president there is no any good news in this con3

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by ladyF(f): 8:37pm On May 06, 2016
No wonder. Na garri sure pass this period. Even groundnut and sugar don cost cry Na salt I dey use drink my garri now, w/o groundnut. Baba God epp me! grin

It's [size=15pt]LadyF[/size] again grin grin grin

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by Innodon(m): 8:37pm On May 06, 2016
Ebola again?

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by veekid(m): 8:38pm On May 06, 2016
ehhhhhh iwor olohun; which one be tomato Ebola again for goodness sake??

wa li asri

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by Nobody: 8:38pm On May 06, 2016
What about Lai mohammed's ebola. ..?

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by Hollawaley(m): 8:38pm On May 06, 2016
Haven't heard anything about this
Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by Temismith: 8:38pm On May 06, 2016
na wa ooo. the Devil is a liar....

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by tumababa(m): 8:39pm On May 06, 2016
lol
Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by Nobody: 8:39pm On May 06, 2016
Jonathan sef cry

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by visiondee(m): 8:40pm On May 06, 2016
May God help us oooo
Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by samuelizko(m): 8:40pm On May 06, 2016
buhari sef

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by jargonzboi(m): 8:40pm On May 06, 2016
That's why tomato cost abii.

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by montezz(f): 8:40pm On May 06, 2016
shocked

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by Vanpascore(m): 8:40pm On May 06, 2016
no wonder, mama Ngozi food no be as e dey be before, so she no dey use fresh tomato again. I go dey eat ur food as e be now.

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by Rexphobia(m): 8:40pm On May 06, 2016
Conspiracy theory... What if the pest was introduced by importers of processed tomatoes paste

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by phreakabit(m): 8:41pm On May 06, 2016
Oh!!! Buhari self!

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by juman(m): 8:41pm On May 06, 2016
This is area where we are missing goodluck jonathan.

He was better in handling agric problems than many presidents.

Buhari is too slow to know even what to do on the problem.

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by Abalado(f): 8:42pm On May 06, 2016
I reach d market today,fear catch me o...they said 6peices of tomato is 400 naira,na so i swap go vegetable shap shap....

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by saracus(f): 8:42pm On May 06, 2016
The price of Fresh tomato in the market is something else. God help ur children. Which is tomato Ebola?

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by rantmoniker(m): 8:43pm On May 06, 2016
juman:
This is area where we are missing goodluck jonathan.

He was better in handling agric problems than many presidents.

Buhari is too slow to know even what to do on the problem.

Mourn no more my guy.

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by Nobody: 8:43pm On May 06, 2016
Am allergic to tomatoes..

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by bayinq25(m): 8:43pm On May 06, 2016
richidinho:
Rabbish
Since wey Buhari became president there is no any good news in this con3
Let the good news start from bitter you first.

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by igbohausayoruba: 8:44pm On May 06, 2016
You ve made ur point
Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by Nobody: 8:46pm On May 06, 2016
Use ata rodo instead!! undecided

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Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by justino57(m): 8:47pm On May 06, 2016
this one bad oooh
Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by tspun(m): 8:49pm On May 06, 2016
Again
Re: 'Tomato Ebola' Destroys 40% Of Nigerian-Grown Tomatoes by oairhunmwunde: 8:52pm On May 06, 2016
As at last week 4 piecis of tomatoes daT do go for 50bus was sold for 300 naira. Omo fear catch me. I quickly resolve to eating out because na dat one sure pass

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