Sustainable tomato production in Kenya

In order to secure the tomato harvest in Kenya, researchers at icipe are developing a tailor-made package for integrated pest control. One of the products is a specially developed biopesticide.

Tomatoes in Kenya are currently grown using large quantities of insecticides to mitigate pressure from pests. The tomato leaf miner moth Tuta absoluta, for example, can destroy up to 100 per cent of crops. Yet controlling Tuta absoluta and other pests with chemical insecticides can create resistance and cause damage to human health and the environment. Integrated pest control provides a sustainable approach for producing healthy tomatoes through the following measures: setting traps, using biopesticides, monitoring pest populations, and breeding and releasing natural enemies of tomato pests.

 


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