Tomato yellow leaf curl virus

Today we shall talk about tomato yellow leaf curl virus. This is the most destructive disease of tomatoes and can be found in Tropical and sub tropical regions. Affected tomatoes are characterised by stunded growth, Yellowing of the young leaves and Upward curing of the leaves. There is no known cure for this disease but it can be prevented.

Dear farmers,

Today we shall talk about tomato yellow leaf curl virus. This is the most destructive disease of tomatoes and can be found in Tropical  and sub tropical regions. Affected tomatoes are characterised  by stunded growth, Yellowing of the young leaves and Upward  curing  of the leaves.  There is no known cure for this disease but it can be prevented.  In Kenya this  affects tomatoes during the months of March, April,  may and June leading to acute shortage of the commodity. The shortage triggers demand  hence increase in prices.  Farmers who practice commercial  farming this is the right time  to invest in tomato  farming  because prices are always  good during the four mentioned  months. In order to Succeed in tomatoes farming during the above mentioned months the farmer must have full knowledge  of TYLCV, mode of transmission and control measures.

Transmission  of TYLCV.

Tomato yellow leaf curl virus is transmitted  by whiteflies commonly known as  silver leaf whiteflies sweet potato whiteflies. The primary host for whiteflies is tomato plant, other hosts include eggplants, potatoes, tobacco, beans and  capsicum. Whiteflies were first detected in Israel  in 1930 but now they have spread to over 30 countries  world wide.

Control of Whiteflies.

One main characteristic of whiteflies which makes It difficult  to effectively eliminate  them is the evading  tactic.  Once farmers start spraying the pest they always swarm ahead of him making it very difficult  to control them. When the farmer is through  with spraying exercise  they return back to the major crop and continue causing damage.Farmers who Wish to control whiteflies  effectively Must partner with green life.   Green life offers a wide range Of chemicals which effectively control the whiteflies. Examples of such products are the ones described below.

  • Lexus

This product is very effective in the control of whiteflies.  It combines both contact and systemic action.

It also  displays a knock down effect Which rapidly kills the pest and stops further damage immediately

Lexus Greenlife

LEXUS® 247SC is a broad spectrum insecticide effective against sucking insects such as aphids, thrips and whiteflies in on a wide range of crops including roses and vegetables.

  • Taurus

Also displays systemic and contact mode of action.  The A.I.  In this product enters the plant system and protects the plant against  any whiteflies which might attack the plant up to 7days after spraying is done.

Taurus Greenlife

TAURUS® 500SP is a powerful insecticide with a broad spectrum control especially for sucking insects such as aphids, thrips and whiteflies in agricultural crops like roses, French beans, runner beans, tomatoes, pepper, capsicum, melon among others.

Combines three modes of action.

  1. Contact action. It kills all the whiteflies which it comes in to contact
  2. Repellant action. This product is characterized  by very strong smell which repels the whiteflies from the area where spraying has been done.
  3. Translaminar effect. Enters the plant system and prevents the whiteflies from attacking  the crop for a period of seven days.

Try us today and you will never regret!!

Last updated on Monday, March 13, 2023 at 7:49 pm

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