Pvy Outbreak Threatens Tobacco Crop

The Tobacco Research Board (TRB) says tobacco yields could be cut by at least 30 percent this year due to an outbreak of the potato virus Y (PVY) across the country.

Dahlia Garwe, the general manager of TRB, said the virus had become a huge challenge to tobacco farming.

The PVY is caused by growing of crops in the same family, such as potatoes, tomatoes and pepper, in the same field or nearby farms.

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