In 2015 Elias has lost about 90% of his tomato crop due, almost exclusively, to tomato leaf miner (or Tuta absoluta), which arrived there recently. Every year he sells his crop at the local market which gives him enough money to feed his family. He was relying on this crop. Fighting the pest with the usual chemicals didn't work, and as it can’t be controlled with pesticides, Elias now has to come up with an alternative way to earn money.
- High percentage of crop loss
- Few crops to sell