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Colombia raises fruit fly controls

The Colombian authorities have reformed their fruit fly detection, control and eradication plan with the help of extra funds. The plan is governed by the plant and animal health technology corporation, the ICA, in regions where Mediterranean fruit flies ( Ceratitis capitata) have been detected. The aim is to avoid the pest spreading to the more economically important export crops. The ICA is expanding its presence in mango and guava among other key crop-growing areas. Extra investment will fund more staff and improved transport, diagnostic and communication equipment as well as inspection and control systems. Other fly pests of concern in Colombia include South American fruit flies ( Anastrephafraterculus), West Indian fruit flies (A oblique) and South American cucurbit flies (Agrandis).

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