Kwara tomato farmers express fear over insect attacks | Dailytrust

Kwara tomato farmers express fear over insect attacks

Tomato disease
Tomato disease

Some tomato farmers in Asa Local Government of Kwara State have expressed fear over insect attacks in the ongoing planting season. To this end, they have solicited for the provision of herbicides by the state government to curb invasion of grasshoppers and other insects to protect their tomatoes.

Asa is one of the local governments where tomato crops are widely grown in the state.

Speaking on their predicament, the leader of a group of seven female tomato farmers across seven communities in the area, Mrs Taiye Hussein, said the situation was giving them great concern.

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“The issue of insects has been a very terrible concern, especially now that we are in the planting season. We have all planted but live in fear of insects, especially grasshoppers. This will not hamper our harvest, except we are supported with capital to buy chemicals for treatment.

“The spraying we did last planting season cost N30,000 for three cans of the product. Already, I have invested N90,000 for both clearing and plowing by engaging services of workers because we lack tractors. We have also tried to cut cost by involving our children to do some clearing and other jobs.

“I want the government to assist us in this regard with at least N5million grant, which we will spend from preparation, planting and harvest,” she added.

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