Brazil launches fruit fly control programme
Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture has formed a partnership with the national fruit growers’ association, the Abrafrutas, to combat fruit flies. They are to invest some R$128 million (US$33.5 million) as part of the national fruit fly control plan. The main pest species include Mediterranean fruit flies (Ceratitis capitata), West India flies (Anastrepha oblique), South American fruit flies (A fraterculus) and cucurbit fruit flies (A grandis), and a fifth that is close to eradication, the carambola fruit fly (Bactrocera carambolae), the Ministry notes. Control of Mediterranean fruit flies will involve biological means across large areas, while the goal for that of cucurbit fruit flies is eradication north of 13th (degrees south) parallel.