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Kaduna Declares State Of Emergency On Tomatoes

Nasir El Rufai
Posted: May 25, 2016 at 6:39 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Juliet Oyoyo

Kaduna – With the scarcity of tomatoes across the country pushing the price of the vegetable to an all time high and beyond the reach of the common man, the Kaduna State Government has declared a state of emergency on the commodity in the state.

The scarcity and increase in price has been attributed to a tomatoes -eating pest called “Tomatoes Blight” which has eaten up tomatoes in the state forcing up the price of the commodity.

Dr Manzo Daniel Maigari, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, ?made the revelationduring an interactive session with the press.

According to the Commissioner, the insect popularly known as “Tuta Absolute” is said to have affected about eight states in the North. “it is a serious issue that even Dangote Tomatoes Industry had to shut down due to lack of materials.
Lamenting on the losses of farmers in the state as a result of tomatoes eating insect he said, so far farmers in the state have lost billions of naira as the state is seen as the highest producer of tomatoes in the country.

The commissioner however assured that the government is developing a strategy to arrest the situation in order to put a stop to the continuous loss being experienced by farmer in the state.

He disclosed that more than twelve local governments in the State are engaged in the farming of tomatoes on a large scale.

Though he said the state inherited a moribund agricultural sector, whereby no extension officer had been trained, while farmers in the state were in disarray, the government is poised to train extension officers, provide them with agricultural requisite equipment  to ensure that the sector remain a  veritable source of income generation for government and citizens of the state.
Manzo Maigari disclosed that the state was in its final stage of operating the already existing grazing lands, which would bring enough income to the state.

Asked why Kaduna would be at the forefront of operating grazing lands which is said to be a national issue and had attracted a lot of controversy, the Commissioner said the grazing lands were already in existence and the government hopes to improve on it.