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.