A state of emergency has been declared in the tomato sector in Kaduna state, northern Nigeria.
A moth called the Tomato Leaf Miner, or Tuta Absoluta, has ravaged 80% of tomato farms, Commissioner of Agriculture Daniel Manzo Maigar said. 200 farmers together lost at least $5.1 million over the past month.
The price of a basket of tomatoes has increased from $1.20 less than three months ago to more than $40 now. In this case, the state sent government agricultural officials to Kenya to meet experts on the Tomato Leaf Miner to learn how to deal with the pest.
Kaduna is in the north of the country, where according to the UN, most tomato production takes place. A tomato paste manufacturing business in northern Kano, state owned by Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, suspended production earlier in the month due to the lack of tomatoes.