Brazil detects first red palm mites
Red palm mites ( Raoiella indica) have been detected for the first time in Brazil, the Ministry of Agriculture says. The mites are considered a threat to banana, cocoa and other palm tree crops. It cites estimates from Trinidad that the pest can cause severe banana losses and a 70% loss in cocoa production the national newswire, Cultivar, reports. The Ministry introduced emergency measures earlier this month, such as suspending trade of bananas and other host plants from the state of Roraima, where the pest was detected, and neighbouring states.