Tuta absoluta continues to wipe out tomato farms in Nigeria

New York, US – June 9, 2016Bloomberg Article on the Tuta absoluta infestation that is currently affecting 15 Africa countries.

The report ends with a final conclusion from Dr Shakir Al-Zaidi of Russell IPM: “We recommend a combined solution of farmer education, and applying the Metarhizium anisopliae fungus soil treatment which kills the tomato leaf miner moth insects in their pupal stages.” Trials in Tanzania last year showed this to be effective, and Russell IPM is selling the fungus commercially there. Next month, Al-Zaidi will demonstrate it in Nigeria. There are no side effects to humans, he said.

“The tomato leaf miner moth will never go away but we need to learn how to live Tuta and how to keep it under control,” Al-Zaidi said.

To read the report in full, visit: www.bloomberg.com 

Tuta distribution
Tomato leaf miner moth distribution map courtesy of Bloomberg.com

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