Brazil to eradicate codling moths
Brazil “could be the first country to eradicate” the pome fruit pest, codling moths ( Cydia pomonella). That is the judgement of José Geraldo Baldini, co-ordinator of the national C pomonella eradication programme. The Ministry of Agriculture has invested R$3 million ($1.8 million) over the past five years as it looks to eradicate the pest from agricultural and urban areas, it says. Brazil is already close to eradicating the pest in one state. The programme has employed traps, while cutting down trees and removing any suspect fruit. Codling moths arrived in Brazil in the 1990s, and were restricted to a few states and not impacting heavily on commercial orchards. They are classified as a quarantine pest with restrictions for domestic and international trade. Some 4,500 traps were laid last month.