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Panic and confusion in the land over Tomato Ebola epidemic

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Nigerians are reacting with bewilderment to the new nickname (Tomato Ebola) by which the Tuta Absoluta pest that is ravaging the country’s tomatoes is called.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Audu Ogbeh yesterday, Tuesday, May 24, 2016 explained to Nigerians that the high cost of tomatoes in Nigeria is caused by the pest, Tuta absoluta, which has caused massive destruction of tomato in farmlands in six states; Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Plateau and Lagos.

He said, “The pest can also attack even pepper and Irish potato. So we are confronting something quite serious. But the good thing is that we are tackling it right now as experts will commence work immediately. We are bringing the commissioners and governors of states to jointly attack this pest, which, if not dealt with, will create serious problems for food security in our country.”

Nigerians have however flooded the social media (Twitter) with their take on the unpalatable pest and its ridiculous moniker, ‘Tomato Ebola’. Read some of their tweets below…


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