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Argentina extends fruit fly agchem spraying

Argentine authorities have carried out aerial pesticide spraying in the Mocoreta region since October 31st. The actions are part of controls seeking the eradication Mediterranean fruit flies ( Ceratitis capitata) in the area. The spraying involves the application of Dow AgroSciences’ insecticide, spinosad, and covers an area of 3,800 ha. The 2011/12 campaign against the pest will cross two Argentine departments, Corrientes and Entre Rios, the national animal and plant health inspection service, the Senasa, says. The work is a public/private initiative involving growers and headed by the eradication programme, Procem Nea. The authorities claimed a “significant advance” in results of an eradication programme in the north-east against Mediterranean fruit flies and South American fruit flies ( Anastrepha fraterculus) on citrus crops, using the same method earlier this year ( Agrow No 621, p 19).

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