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Argentine fruit fly agchem controls under way

Argentina initiated control measures against Mediterranean fruit flies ( Ceratitis capitata) on citrus crops in the north-east in early December. The national animal and plant health inspection service, the Senasa, applied Dow AgroSciences’ insecticide, spinosad. Applications covered almost 12,000 ha in the first six weeks of the campaign. Once “this initial phase” is completed, the Senasa will switch to using sterile flies and significantly reduce the amount of pesticides being applied. The monitoring stage of the eradication programme, “Procem Nea”, for the region began in 2009 with the use of traps. Quarantine areas were established in 2009 ( Agrow No 570, p 17), and national IPM systems were introduced two years’ previously, aiming to cut chemical pesticide use by 80% ( Agrow No 527, p 20).



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