This is a report on presence of Tuta absoluta the tomato leaf miner in Zambia. The pest was detected in January 2016 in Zambia and is now present.
T.absoluta infestation can result in 80 - 100 % losses which will have negative impact on food security and economically for farmers in involved in tomato growing in Zambia. This will also affect the numerous middle men such as transporters and retailers who depend on regular availability of tomato from tomato producers.
Contact for info
Kenneth K Msiska
Plant Quarantine and Phytosanitary Service
Zambia Agriculture Research Institute
P/BAG 7 Chilanga
Fresh or chilled vegetables (excl. potatoes, tomatoes, vegetables of the Allium spp., cabbages of the genus Brassica, lettuces of the species Lactuca sativa and Cichorium, carrots, turnips, salad beetroot, salsify, celeriac, radishes and similar edible ro