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Nigeria Tackles “Tomato Ebola” Crisis Amid Rising Prices

The current scarcity of tomatoes in parts of Nigeria has been attributed to a severe pest infestation known as “Tomato Ebola” or Tomato Leaf Miner, according to Abubakar Kyari, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security.

This infestation has devastated tomato farms, leading to a significant increase in prices as many households switch to tomato paste and other substitutes.

In a statement on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday, Kyari reassured the public that the Federal Government is taking decisive action to address the issue.

“A significant number of our tomato farms have been affected by a severe infestation known as Tomato Ebola or Tomato Leaf Miner. This has drastically reduced the availability of tomatoes and contributed to rising costs,” he said.

Kyari outlined the ministry’s immediate response, which includes deploying agricultural experts to affected areas to control and eradicate the infestation.

He also mentioned providing farmers with essential resources and guidance to help them recover their crops swiftly, similar to the efforts made by the Ginger Blight Control Taskforce.

Acknowledging the impact on daily life, Kyari reassured the public that efforts are underway to restore the supply of affordable tomatoes.

“We understand the impact this has on your daily lives and are working tirelessly to resolve the situation and restore the supply of affordable tomatoes. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.”

In related news, Kyari announced that approximately ₦309 billion was injected into the Nigerian economy through last year’s harvests, aiming to bolster food security.

This announcement was part of an update on the ministry’s achievements at the ongoing 3rd ministerial sectoral update, marking the first anniversary of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

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