Tuta absoluta reaches Saudi Arabia
Sporadic infestation of Tuta absoluta has been detected in farms in different parts of Saudi Arabia. The most advanced cases were detected in Tomato farms in the area of Tabuk northwest corner of the country close to Jordan.
Tuta absoluta was also detected in Tomato and Potato farms in the northern region of Hail.
The latest location where Tuta absoluta damage was observed was in farms in farms close to Al-Medina Al-mounawara.
The export restrictions of Tomato from nearby countries has already caused a sharp rise in tomato prices in the kingdom. Short supply from local farms as well as the increase in demand due to the Hajj season could add further pressure of the supply and prices of Tomato in the coming weeks.