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Spanish authorities set palm weevil controls

Spanish authorities have set an action plan for the control of red palm weevils ( Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) affecting palms in the southern region of Andalusia. The Andalusian government’s Agriculture Council, through the agrarian R&D institute, the IFAPA, aims to see lower chemical applications through the use of new traps and pheromones, and the application of alternative insecticide active ingredients. The IFAPA has received some €350,000 ($488,000 at the current rate) from EU funds in “recent years” to further its work on new and traditional control methods against the pest. The weevils were first detected in Spain in 1993. They originate from South-East Asia.

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