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Argentina implements new fruit fly controls

Pesticide spraying to control Mediterranean fruit flies ( Ceratitis capitata) has started in four Argentine provinces. The national animal and plant health inspection service, the Senasa, had ordered controls to be carried out in Monte Caseros, Federación, Concordia and Colón provinces. It acquired some 380,000 litres of Dow AgroSciences’ spinosad insecticide and a biological bait to carry out applications on 78,000 ha. Payments for aerial applications are to be met by fruit growers benefiting from the work. The Senasa’s fruit fly eradication and control programme, the Procem Nea, is administering the work with the involvement of several public bodies including regional government Ministries. A phytosanitary emergency was declared across the named provinces last year ( Agrow No 638, p 23), and has since been extended. Similar controls led to deep falls in the presence of the pest ( Agrow No 641, p 17).

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