Tobacco Moth and Tobacco Beetle Awareness

All tobacco growers are reminded that the Tobacco Moth and Tobacco Beetle is a notifiable pest, listed in the first schedule of the Plant Pest and Diseases (Plant and Alternative Hosts) Order 1976. The Tobacco Marketing and Levy Act (Chapter 18.20 Section 75) empowers TIMB to prevent movement of infested tobacco, to order fumigation at the owner's expense and even to order complete destruction. Fumigation using Gastoxin tablets can be done by the farmer or authorised fumigators The objectives of preventative pest control are to make premises inaccessible and unattractive to pest and to stop pests getting at the raw materials and finished products. These objectives are Cleaning, Good Storage Practice and Building maintenance.

What to do:

  • All leftover tobacco including waste tobacco material such as tobacco fines and dust, which might accumulate on a daily basis should be removed and disposed of. This may be burnt or buried in a pit.
  • Leftover tobacco must never be carried over the next season without prior arrangement and authority from TIMB. Application to keep tobacco should be made to TIMB before 15 December each year.
  • Sweep and remove spider webs, which are a good indicator of insect activity, in the storage and working areas.
  • Give access to stored tobacco products as well as light and ventilation.
  • Tobacco or material or finished products must be staked with enough space around them to facilitate fumigation should the need arise.
  • Storage of tobacco from another farm or tobacco whose pest infestation status is unknown should be avoided.
  • Good stock rotation is very important and must be practised. The basic rule here is first in first out.
  • Doors or windows, which may stay open should have wire mesh screens of appropriate gauge to prevent entry of insect.

Posted in News on Jul 11, 2017