Importation ban on solanaceous crops intensifies

More restrictions: Solanaceous crops have been added to the ban
More restrictions: Solanaceous crops have been added to the ban

Following the suspension of tomato importation into the country almost a week ago, the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security has also added other solanaceous crops to the ban.

Solanaceous crops are generally plants in the nightshade family such as tomatoes, peppers, bell pepper, eggplant/aubergine, melon pear as well as potato. According to the Ministry, they have suspended the importation of the crops following the detection of tomato leaf miner, a quarantine pest also known as Tuta Absoluta.

“The ministry wishes to inform the public that the importation of crops that are susceptible to attack by tomato leaf miner is suspended with immediate effect until further notice,” reads a statement.

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