Tuta Absoluta Destroying Tomato Crops

Several areas are experiencing tomatoes being ravaged in the crop field. The culprit is a very tiny moth. This tiny moth is causing massive destruction towards the tomato crops. The culprit goes by the name of Tuta absoluta. In 2006 it made its appearance in Europe by infesting imported tomatoes. Eventually, the Tuta absoluta continued to spread in Europe. After spreading throughout Europe it made its way to Asia.

The drastic toll that the Tuta absoluta is causing to agriculture and farming is undeniable. The devastation is greatly affecting the farmland for countries that are still developing. Many farmers in developing countries cannot afford integrated pest management. Using integrated pest management can be a big help to keep this type of moth away. Without such management farmland crops especially tomatoes are being wrecked and ruined.

In Nigeria there was an emergency put out regarding this matter. Kaduna State experienced the crop destruction. In Kaduna State tomatoes are abundant and contribute a large portion for producing Nigeria’s tomatoes. By the month of May about 80% of tomatoes were destroyed. Prices of tomatoes began to rise because of the shortage of tomato crops.

Even though the range of destruction by this moth has been massive there are some farmers that have the means to secure their agriculture. Some farmers are using pheromones which help to lure the moth into a trap. Another option that farmers are using is bio pesticides that have fungi, bacteria, or oil based ingredients that disrupt mating for the moths. Farmers have been using pesticides with chemicals in them and natural enemies to ward off the moths from destroying tomato crops. With a good I.P.M. strategy established you will be able to have more of a handle on the Tuta absoluta.

This type of moth is very small that they can transport by wind. They have a high capability for reproduction. Uncontrolled and not managed properly this moth can cause 100% damage to farmed crops. Tomatoes are continuing to rise up in price in various areas especially when an outburst of destruction occurs. For more information regarding tomato crops and the Tuta absoluta follow this link. In conclusion, tomatoes are being destroyed and with destruction causing drastic change for those growing the crops.

Moths threatening Tomato Production across the World

Spanish residents amazed the world when over 20,000 people engaged in the world’s biggest tomato fight. As the tomato war went down, tomato farmers across the world are experiencing a crisis due to a moth that is damaging their crops.

The moth, said to the size of an eyelash is causing enormous damages to tomato crops bringing huge losses to tomato farmers. The moth, known as the tomato leaf miner, is reported to have originated from Chile.

It is believed that the moth arrived in Europe through a container that contained infected farm produce, as reported in an article on the New York Times website. The container is believed to have arrived in Bunol, Spain where it later spread to other parts of Europe and later to Africa and Asia.

The tomato leaf miner has done the most damage in third world countries where most tomato farmers are poor and unable to access sophisticated tools of fighting the moth such as the integrated pest management.

For instance, the moth has caused enormous losses to farmers in Nigeria. In the state of Kaduna, a major tomato producing state in Nigeria, the moth attacked the crops and caused devastating damages to both the crop’s quantity and quality.

The moth was the cause of a major food crisis and threatened to affect the economy of the state. The affected productivity of the tomato crop made it difficult for households to maintain their purchasing power. The price of a basket of tomatoes shot from an average of $8 to $212. The state’s authorities expressed disbelief at the devastation to the extent of declaring a state of emergency.

Unlike the Nigerian farmers, European farmers have dealt better with the moth due to their ability to access technological systems and financial support from the relevant authorities.

Scientists in Europe have joined the fight against the moth and have been able to come up with a control system that is based on biological characteristics of the moth. The moths, however, reproduce fast and authorities fear that the moth may soon spread to North America.

While tomato farmers are doing their best to fight the moth, the average consumers are more likely to continue digging deep in their pockets to consume tomatoes.