PRO/PL> Purple blotch, onion – Nigeria: impact

Other Plant Disease — Nigeria
The annual purple blotch fungal disease affecting onions in the country has created a demand deficit of 1.1 million metric tonnes, Permanent Secretary Ernest Umakhihe stated at a workshop on management of Onion Purple Blotch. [He] explained that Nigeria contributes little to the export market largely due to [inferior] produce quality resulting from poor management of pests and diseases, and use of pesticides causing illnesses.
“The national demand gap [is] to be bridged by importation of