The South American tomato moth (Tuta absoluta) has recently been detected in England. It is a pest of tomato and other solancaeous crops in South America and Southern Europe, but has not become established in the UK.
Nick Shilton, from the Welsh Government said 'There's no immediate threat of an outbreak and there is certainly no need to panic, but we are keen to get the message across to producers and packers that good bio-security is the key to keeping a lid on this pest'.
The main risk is that crates coming back from pack-houses to the farm are infested with adult moths which then lay their eggs on the tomato plants. Growers are advised to keep a sharp eye out for the moths, and talk to their packer if they have concerns.
For information on this pest visit the link below, or contact
on 0300 062 2311.