Moths threatening Limpopo tomato crops

2017-01-25 17:01
Moth. (File)

Moth. (File) (Jack Guez, AFP)

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Tzaneen - Tomato farmers in Limpopo have again suffered a major blow as crops have been damaged by moths which are threatening their harvest.

The province is a major producer of tomatoes in the country, with more than 3 590ha of crops, but production is being hampered by various factors including leaf miner fungi and bacteria caused by the insects, ongoing climate change and drought.

The provincial department of agriculture said a silvery white moth, which lays its eggs on growing crops, had led to tomatoes in Tzaneen and neighbouring areas being damaged.

Department spokesperson Selby Makgotho said they had deployed officers to help farmers eradicate the moths and had already advised affected farmers to use Biomectin, an insecticide.

He said although they were trying to manage the damage to crops, there were concerns that other crops, apart from those already identified, were affected.

"We want to trap and take eggs to a laboratory for experts to determine their impact and to advise what should be done."

Makgotho said results from the laboratory will help the department figure out how to deal with bacteria and fungi threatening the crops.

Read more on:    polokwane  |  farming  |  drought

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