Moses Katushabe, one of the affected farmers says the new pest attacks the fruits as they start to ripen with a capacity to destroy hundreds of acres within a very short period of time.
The Pesticide Contaminants are Left on Tomatoes as Whitish Colouration or Spotted Yellow
in the Mubuku irrigation scheme in Kasese District are counting losses after a
strange pest attacked their tomato gardens.
Farmers say the pest
mines new fruits leaving holes.
The larva feeds
voraciously on the tomato fruits, plants, producing large galleys in leaves.
that the new pest is resistant to all the available pesticides
they are using.
one of the affected farmers says the new pest attacks the fruits as they start
to ripen with a capacity to destroy hundreds of acres within a very short
period of time.
the new pest has become resistant to various pesticides adding that buyers are now
rejecting their produce due to the poor quality.
in: “Nawo ekwireyo amaani…
Silver another farmer says he had invested a lot of money in buying pesticides
but none has produced good results yet.
farmer adds that his business just like many of the other farmers URN reporter
spoke to depends largely on loans which they are worried of failing to pay back.
in: “Companies nyingi ezirikukora…
…ali kubu muno.”//
Kukundakwe says she has increased on the spraying routine for her garden but
the pest invasion is just increasing.
appeals to the ministry of agriculture to make studies on variety of pests that
are continuously attacking crops in the scheme.
in: “Ntusaba akugu abobushoborozi…
... kijira enkurakurana.”//
Biira told URN that she has lost over 4 million shillings she acquired through
a loan last season after her garden was all ruined by the new pest.
She is now seeking the help of agricultural researchers to
identify and find a lasting solution to the infestation.
Sanairi, an agriculture extension officer however blames the farmers for not timely
monitoring their gardens.
Senior Agriculture Officer Johnson Sabuni Mwesige says they are reaching out to
farmers to assess the kind of pesticides they are using and application.
Basaija is a graduate of Uganda Christian University (UCU-Mukono) holding a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication.
He also boosts of numerous training's in communication studies.
Before joining URN, he had served as Documentation personnel, Field news reporter, Radio presenter and News Editor.
Basaija is a social critic and a young farmer.
He believes in writing for social change.
At URN Basaija is incharge of Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu and Kasese Districts.