Tomato production: Know your enemy – Tuta absoluta

The tomato leaf miner, Tuta absoluta, originally from South America, feeds voraciously on tomato plants and is a serious threat to production and profit in the sector, regardless of whether the crop is grown under cover or in open fields.  The highly adaptable insect has been able to advance rapidly…

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Modern scarecrow protects fruit

A simple yet effective gadget that reflected light helped this farmer to prevent birds from damaging his fruit. On Mr. Manie van Zyl’s farm Plaatkop the birds used to pick off the apricot flowers and eat the fruit every year. Traditional scarecrows, like the boom canon or die doll with…

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Russell IPM joins in the Zambian fight against Tuta absoluta

British organisation, Russell IPM, recently announced its plan to help Zambians in their fight against Tuta absoluta (tomato leaf miner), during a recent awareness seminar about the pest-induced disease. According to Russell IPM, the company has developed solutions to deal with the pest at various stages of infestation. Leaf miner…

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