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Peru to lead Sth Am region fruit fly controls

The Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture is leading an Andean region project to reduce the incidence and spread of Mediterranean fruit flies ( Ceratitis capitata) and other fruit flies across four countries. The TC–IAEA project is aimed at bringing control measures to Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador from Peru due to its leadership in the necessary technology, the Ministry says. The Ministry’s plant and animal health service, the Senasa, is driving the project, and its director, Dr Oscar Domínguez, says it will benefit from Peru’s experience in eradicating the flies from various fruit-growing areas in the country. Two stages running in 2012-13 and 2013-14 will involve training farmers and rural workers, and bringing techniques such as the release of sterile flies. Fruit flies have been a major cause of losses across South America in recent years ( Agrow passim).

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