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Argentina invokes fruit fly controls

Argentine authorities have quarantined an area of fruit production following the detection of Mediterranean fruit flies ( Ceratitis capitata). The national animal and plant health inspection service, the Senasa, ordered the action, invoking the emergency phytosanitary fruit fly eradication programme, the DPNV, under the 2006 national resolution 152/06. The quarantined area covers a 7.2 km radius in the province of Rio Negro. Produce from the area or transported through it before April 10th will come under the quarantine controls. Argentina launched a national IPM system to combat any fruit fly infestations two years ago, aiming to cut chemical pesticide use by 80% ( Agrow No 527, p 20). It involves the use of sterile flies and will be the main tactic employed in Rio Negro. Insecticides will also be applied.

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