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Peru to boost anti-fruit fly fumigation

Peru is to heighten the fumigation of crop areas infested with Mediterranean fruit flies ( Ceratitis capitata), national newswire Andina reports. The Ministry of Agriculture’s plant and animal health service, the Senasa, is to invest some $85 million over the next three years. It has identified infested areas and developed a plan to contain and then eliminate the pest by 2023. The first fumigations are to take place in the province of Cañete, some 100 km from the capital, Lima. The operation will gradually move north-westwards. The eradication of the flies is not expected in the short term within the Amazon areas, due to “adverse climatic conditions”. The course of action is to support the export of fruit following free-trade agreements “with various countries”.

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