Tsetse Flies Invasion Threatens Food Security in Nigeria –NITR

The invasion of vast fertile land by tsetse flies is starting to mar the glimpse of hope that Nigeria can achieve food security and self-sufflciency in agriculture.

The  Director General of Nigerian Institute of Trypanosomiasis Research (NITR), Professor Mohammed Mamman, said the country may not be able to feed itself because diseases caused by tsetse and black flies are now threatening farmers and animals in the rural areas.

The Professor, who spoke at the  yesterday in Abuja at a national conference on Trypanosomiasis and Onchocerciasis research, said fertile lands infested by the flies would remain unutilized for farming, livestock production, human settlement and tourism thereby worsening unemployment in the country.

According to him, Trypanosomiasis and Onchocerciasis persist in Nigeria because the conditions that favour their persistence are still prevalent in the country.


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