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Colombia focuses its fruit fly controls

Colombia’s plant and animal health technology corporation, the ICA, is implementing a work plan to control the spread of Mediterranean fruit flies (Ceratitis capitata), a major pest on the country’s fruit crops. The work will be mainly centred in areas identified as high risk of spread of the flies to the rest of the country.  Those include the province of Pamplona where peach crops are being impacted. Grower association Asohofrucol and others are aiding logistics and monitoring. The incidence of the pest in the capital state is stable but “permanent” at 2,500 ha, the ICA reports. The initial goal is saving fruit, and the ICA is to declare a state of emergency in the short term allowing a suppression plan to progress that would impede nationwide dispersal. Extra funds have already been earmarked this year to control the pest.

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