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Brazil to develop national fruit fly controls

The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture’s plant health office, the DVA, is developing a national control plan for fruit flies. It is integrating existing measures for the monitoring, control and eradication of the various species of the pest. DSV manager Luis Rangel says that the office is setting up a working group of specialists. He says that an effective programme would require the already-employed risk mitigation system. He lists the use and expansion of plant protection areas employing baits, traps and biological control agents, while relevant pest eradication should be aligned with Ministry co-ordination strategies. The plan is intended for use by mango, grapevine, papaya and melon growers. The Ministry notes that fruit flies are among the Brazilian fruit crop’s major pests, with one species - Carombola fruit flies (Bactrocera carambolae) - costing R$6 million (US$2.5 million) per year in control efforts.

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