Tomato Farmers Lose Over N1.5bn Due to Pest Attack in Kano, Nigeria

Kano Tomato Farmers Lose Over N1.5bn Due to Pest Attack in Nigeria

Tomato farmers in Nigeria are facing a devastating attack from tuta absoluta, a tomato pest that is known for causing significant damage to tomato crops. According to Alhaji Sani Danladi Yadakwari, the state chairman of the Tomato Out Growers Association of Nigeria (TOGAN), over 300 hectares of tomato plantations have been affected, with the damage estimated at over N1.5 billion.

The attack is not limited to a specific area, as the pest is spreading rapidly across the tomato-producing areas in the state. In response, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) organized a training session for 100 tomato farmers and exporters on addressing technical barriers associated with the tomato value chain. The training aimed to ensure that Nigerian exported tomatoes meet global market standards and avoid rejection.

Mr. Salam Ma’aruf Akinsola, the regional coordinator of the NEPC in the Northwest region, explained that the training is essential for recouping the loss and risks associated with the tomato value chain. He emphasized that the tomato is an essential commodity needed globally, and there is a chance for Nigeria to attract markets abroad. Recently, the United Kingdom reduced income tariffs for some selected Nigerian products, including tomatoes, which provides exporters with a chance to attract the market and gain profit.

The director extension of the Kano Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KNARDA), Gambo Isa Garko, highlighted that despite farming about two million hectares of tomatoes every year, 45% of the products are lost during processing and transportation to the market. He urged farmers and exporters to adopt better farming and processing methods to compete globally in the markets. It is essential to address this pest attack and equip farmers and exporters with the necessary knowledge and tools to ensure sustainable and profitable tomato farming.



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