Two firms, Russell IPM United Kingdom and Agronet Nigeria Limited, have launched an effective and sustainable solution to combat the tomato disease-Tuta Absoluta.
In a statement, the firms said the three-component system, based on beneficial soil microbes and biopesticides, work in synergy to destroy both larvae and adults of Tuta, boost the plant’s defence and promote growth in a safe and sustainable way.
Together with Agronet Nigeria Ltd, Russell IPM conducted field demonstrations to show farmers how they can use the products and gain complete control over the pest.
According to the statement, local farms using Russell IPM’s Recharge, Antario and Biotrine systems have noted a significant reduction in Tuta population and tomato damage. The product has been demonstrated at Tenti Farms, a 25 hectares of greenhouse farm based in Jos,Plateau State where tomatoes and peppers are primarily grown.
Head Agronomist at the farm, Odunayo Orowumi, said: “In the past, our farm has been devastated by the Tuta absoluta pest and despite trying a number of conventional pesticides, the moth caused complete losses in our greenhouses.”
AGRONET Nigeria Limited is the sole representative of Russell IPM UK here in Nigeria and has since it’s partnership been promoting bio-rational solutions in tackling Tuta Absoluta here in Nigeria