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Mexico to get further Moscamed sterile fruit fly facility

The building of a new Mexican-based Moscamed Commission sterile fruit fly breeding centre will start next month. Some 800 million pesos ($59 million) will fund the construction of the Metapa de Domínguez-based facility, which will be operating in late 2016. The plant will produce some 500 million sterile flies per week, doubling present production levels, programme director José Manuel Gutiérrez Ruelas says. The flies will be released in the Guatemalan border region in order to avert the spread of the fruit pests into Mexico. The US, Mexico, and Guatemala ratified a deal earlier this year to co-operate on controlling fruit flies through the Moscamed Commission. That included a financial and technical plan for 2015 that prioritises the protection of fruit fly-free areas in the three countries.

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