1 June 2016
The Ministry of Science and Technology has developed a pesticide that is effective in battling the major tomato pest, Tuta Absoluta.
Attacks by the pest has led to the scarcity of tomato and a price hike in recent times.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, highlighted bits about the breakthrough in Abuja at a meeting with a delegation from the KIDS-FEST who paid him a visit in his office.
According to the Minister, an agency of the ministry – the National Institute for Chemical Technology, (NARICT) in Zaria, Kaduna State developed the pesticide using natural resources that are available locally.
Dr. Onu stressed that the pesticide would be a ready solution against the ravaging pest, so Nigeria would not have to seek assistance from outside the country to battle the menace- Tuta Absoluta.
“Nigeria, following the leadership provided by President Muhammadu Buhari will soon be in a position where other nations can copy from her rather than Nigeria copying at all times from other nations,” he stated.