Minister Shiri urges tobacco farmers be responsible

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By Staff Reporter

Government has urged tobacco farmers to be responsible and adhere to legislation of the destruction of stalks and crop residues to avoid the spread of

pests and diseases as negligence will destroy the viable industry that has contributed immensely to the well-being of the economy.

This was said by Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Minister, Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri during his familiarisation of the Kutsaga Research Station where authorities raised concern over the resurgence of a tobacco disease, potato virus  (PVY).

PVY is a viral disease that can wipe out the whole crop.

The disease has been under control for some years but due to the failure by farmers to adhere to legislation of destruction of stalks and crop residues, it has resurfaced.

Minister Shiri said farmers should also play a role in reducing the spread of diseases by adhering to legislation, and urged them to change the way they do their farming and become responsible.

All tobacco growers are urged to destroy tobacco stalks on or before may 15 in adherence to the Plant Pests and Diseases Act [Chapter 19:08].

Stalks act as a host for diseases and pests like nematodes and spider mites hence destroying them starves the pests.

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