CAIRO: A total of 8,000 feddans of tomatoes have been determined unsafe for human consumption due to the use of “unlicensed insecticides” in Upper Egypt’s Luxor, Youm7 reported.
The crops were infected by Tuta absoluta moths in Esna village and the insecticides used were unable to get rid of the infection.
The total losses of these planted lands are estimated at 200 million EGP, said Luxor agriculture engineer Abu-Hagag Mohamed Ali.
Moth-stricken crops were registered a month before Ramadan month, the ninth month of Islamic Calendar when Muslims fast worldwide. Tomato is main ingredient in Egyptian food.
Head of the Ministry of Agriculture office in Luxor Rabie al-Nagar said that the farmers are responsible for that infection as they bought “invalid insecticides” from unlicensed outlets.