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The Reasons For Nigeria’s Tomato Scarcity

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PIC.23. TOMATOES DISPLAYED AT THE ABUBAKAR GUMI CENTRAL MARKET IN KADUNA MONDAY (23/12/13)

The prices of tomatoes  in the country has left average Nigerians totally heartbroken.

Making a pot of stew has become a very expensive venture for the Nigerian population and Jollof rice lovers have resolved to using canned tomato paste.

Many of you might not know the real reasons  why the scarcity of this staple food has happened and continued to linger. Therefore, INFORMATION NIGERIA brings you everything you need to know about it in this revealing piece…

1. 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.

2.As a result, many fresh tomato sellers have also resorted to purchasing the produce from neighbouring countries, especially the Republic of Benin and Cameroon, in order to keep up with supply.

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

4.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.

5.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.

6.Tuesday, Kaduna state declared a state of emergency after moths destroyed swathes of tomato fields and according to the Kaduna state agriculture commissioner Manzo Daniel while speaking to APF,  the outbreak of a moth has destroyed over 80 percent of tomato farms in the state.

7.Manzo Daniel added that more than 200 tomato farmers in the region have already suffered losses of more than one billion naira from the disease and the situation could get worse if something isn’t done fast.

8.Tuta absoluta, which originated in South America and spread to Europe and Africa, quickly develops resistance to pesticides, making it difficult to contain.

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  1. elile odiaka

    May 25, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Please,they should ask other nations that have pass through such situation,how they were able solve it.and start doing it here in Nigeria.

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#EndSARS: ‘Protesters Are Not Here To Cause Chaos’ – Shehu Sani

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ASUU Struggle Is Legitimate And Morally Right, Says Shehu Sani

 

#EndSARS: 'Protesters Are Not Here To Cause Chaos' - Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has expressed that the #EndSARS protesters demanding widespread police reform and good governance across the country are not chaos makers.

This is coming at a time when there have been reports of the government planning to deploy troops of the Nigerian military to control the situation which has heightened the tension in the country.

Also Read: BREAKING: #EndSARS Protesters Shut Alausa Secretariat

Reacting to the reports, the former lawmaker from Kaduna stated that the protesters are not mischief-makers as being reported in some quarters but rather people who want the chaos in the country to end.

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BREAKING: Abuja #EndSARS Protesters Block Kuje, Airport Road

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#EndSARS protesters have blocked the Kuje road leading to the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua expressway.

The protesters also blocked the Airport road, preventing motorists from the right of way.

Although it has been reported that Soldiers have blocked the initial venue of the planned #EndSARS protest in Abuja.

Also Read: #EndSARS: For Some Of Us, SARS Has Been Beneficial – Gov Sule

The military officers were stationed at the popular Aya roundabout early Monday morning, with a roadblock and barricade.

Also, police officers are stationed in front of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) headquarters with Armoured Personnel Carrier and water cannons.

The protesters gathered at the Kuje road and the Airport road to press home their demands.

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BREAKING: #EndSARS Protesters Shut Alausa Secretariat

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BREAKING: #EndSARS Protesters Shut Alausa Secretariat
BREAKING: #EndSARS Protesters Shut Alausa Secretariat

#EndSARS protesters

The demand for widespread police reforms by #EndSARS protesters enters its 12th day and it doesn’t seem as if the protesting youths are backing out soon.

On Monday morning, the protesters stormed the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa and prevented workers from gaining access to the premises.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Defence Minister Warns Protesters Against Breaching National Security

They blocked all the entrance to the Secretariat and motorists and pedestrians were turned back from coming out and going into the premises.

The Governor’s road had remained one of the major venues where the protesters gather every day with some even sleeping overnight to continue the protest the next day.

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