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Occurrence of tomato leaf miner (Tuta absoluta) in Mozambique

Publication Date
Fri, 13 Jan 2017, 10:50
Last Updated
Jan. 13, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
Report Number
Pest Id
Tuta absoluta - (GNORAB)
Report Status
In Mozambique Tuta absoluta was only reported in tomatoes plantation
Pest Status (old values from ISPM 8 -1998 )
  • Present: in all parts of the area where host crop(s) are grown
Pest Status (ISPM 8 - 2021)
  • Present: widely distributed
Geographical Distribution
Tuta absoluta is distributed in all sampled regions in Mozambique as following:  Northern part of the country: Cabo Delagdo and Niassa provinces;  Central region: Manica, Tete and (Sofala) provinces;  South Mozambique: Maputo and Gaza provinces

Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera : Gelechiidae) native from South America It was recently detected in African Continent in 2006. In Mozambique, it was detected for the first time in Manica Province, Chandroca, 2016 (traps), in central part of the country. After the first detection the NPPO of Mozambique in collaboration with the Faculty of Agronomy of Eduardo Mondlane University conducted a survey in the Northern part of the country (Cabo Degado and Niassa Provinces); then in Central part of Mozambique (Manica, Tete and Sofala provinces) and; Finally in the South of the country (Maputo and Gaza provinces). The samples were sent to (ICIPE) Kenia and it was confirmed the presence of the pest in all sampled regions. In order to reduce the impact of the pest the NPPO of Mozambique organized awareness campaigns and training activities to framers, extension officers, local leaders, households, agrarian technician, etc. Also the NPPO of Mozambique together with the Pesticides companies and with the Faculty of Agronomy of Eduardo Mondlane University developed a list of registered pesticides suitable to control the pest. For the follow up actions the Mozambique NPPO developed an action plan to monitor the pest and extend the training activities at all levels.

Mainly in tomatoes plantation
Contact for info
Serafina Mangana- Departamento de Sanidade Vegetal; Recinto do IIAM; Av. FPLM 3658; Maputo. Email: [email protected] Domingos Cugala- Faculdade de Agronomia e Engenharia Florestal/UEM; Rua da Franca; Maputo. Email: [email protected]
Report files
PDF Presentation File
Issue keywords
Pest reporting
Commodity keywords
Tomatoes, fresh or chilled

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