Mexico free of Medflies
Mexico has declared the country free of Mediterranean fruit flies (Ceratitis capitata). The Ministry of Agriculture made the declaration in the official gazette late last year. Monitoring of the national 1.8 million ha fruit and horticultural crops area detected no flies following 35 years of measures to combat the pest by the plant health authorities in the southern state of Chiapas. They included employing quarantine procedures and the release of millions of sterile flies. Mexico started the construction of a sterile fly facility last year, seeking to double national production by producing 500 million flies per week. They are to be dispersed along the border with Guatemala, where the flies remain.