The Federal Government became aware of the Tuta absoluta tomato pest in 2015 and quickly directed the National Horticulture Research Institute, Ibadan, a mandate agency on tomato research and development, to move into action and produce a solution to the menace.
After the survey, recommendations were made to the FG which led to its containment programme in the 2016 budget. Collaboration was also sought with FAO to find a solution which is ongoing for Nigeria.The Federal Ministry of Agric. & Rural Dev. (FMARD) is currently working with Agronet, representatives of Russell IPM, UK experts in Tuta absoluta containment. The team is expected to deliver the containment packs within the shortest possible time. This will enable farmers resume production activities with desired yield to reverse the precarious situation at hand.
The first phase of the intervention programme will involve containment packs for 50,000 hectares to be used in tomato producing states, capacity development on the containment solution and surveillance/monitoring in all 774 Local Govt. Areas.
The FG will partner with states and Local Govt. Areas to ensure a complete containment of the pest and enable farmers to continue sustainable production of the fruits for local consumption and provide raw materials for processing.