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Argentina ends first leg of fruit fly controls

The Argentine authorities have completed the first stage of aerial pesticide spraying in its Mediterranean fruit fly ( Ceratitis capitata) controls, the national animal and plant health inspection service, the Senasa, says. Over 78,500 ha have been treated, following a farm survey that identified a larger infested area than the previous census, which registered 56,200 ha. They consisted of 76,600 ha of citrus fruit and just under 1,900 ha of blueberries. It included the identification of abandoned plantations, and what areas were conducive to aerial operations. The work is a public/private initiative involving growers and headed by the eradication programme, Procem Nea ( Agrow No 629, p 18). The spraying has involved the application of Dow AgroSciences’ insecticide, spinosad.

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