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Mexico opens new sterile fruit fly facility

The Mexican Ministry of Agriculture opened a “state-of-the-art” sterile fruit fly facility earlier this month aimed at the control of Mediterranean fruit flies ( Ceratitis capitata). The sterile Mediterranean fruit flies packaging centre, the CEMM, covers 1,718 m 2, with the capacity to handle 500 million pupae or cocoon eggs per day for export to Guatemala and for domestic fruit and vegetable regions. The centre consists of 12 cold storage rooms each able to serve 100 million pupae. It cost some 86.9 million pesos ($6.4 million).

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