Thursday 16 June 2016

Federal Government Officially Declares State of Emergency in Tomatoes Subsector

 President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has yesterday, declared a state of emergency on tomatoes subsector in the country. 

The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar
While speaking with newsmen after a meeting with major stakeholders across the tomatoes value chain that comprised packagers, relevant government ministries, regulatory agencies, farmers and processors, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, said yesterday that the federal government has declared a state of emergency on tomatoes subsector in the country.
The minister who said that 80 per cent of tomatoes farms had been ravaged by a pest known as tuta absoluta, added that a new tomatoes policy which will address the current crisis was underway.
Aisha Abubakar also disclosed that a technical committee that would draft the proposed policy would be inaugurated next week.

“This meeting was convened in response to the current scarcity of tomatoes in the country occasioned by the outbreak of the tomato moth, tuta absoluta.

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