Argentina: The cranberry sector is concerned about the growing population of fruit fly

The Association of Producers of Cranberries of the Mesopotamia Argentina (APAMA) warned today about the threat that the fruit fly represents for the 2015 harvest, and for the continuity of production in the medium term, due to the exponential growth that has been evidenced in the last monitoring of the insect that attacks different types of sweet fruits.

As explained from the entity, added to the crisis that the vast majority of regional economies are suffering, the production of blueberries is now threatened by an exponential growth of the population of the fruit fly, an insect that is usually fought but that due to the excessively hot weather for this time of year has manifested an unusual growth.

To the announced and intense rains that would affect the harvest, the high population of fly is added. This was announced by the president of APAMA, Omar Chiarello, who explained that "the sector is on alert due to the proximity of the harvest and the results of the first traps, which indicate a high population density of this insect", The producer indicated.

Habitually, the attack of this insect occurs from November, increasing in December, but since August and large population was detected. "Although the sector was prepared for its defense against the fruit fly, the situation also exceeded the usual due to the large amount of citrus on the floor and plant", He explained.

From APAMA they informed that necessary measures have been taken, such as the intensification of the monitoring, but they called the producers to "stay tuned and follow closely"The evolution of the problem, which could stop the harvest throughout the Concordia Department.

The fly lays its eggs directly on the fruit generating direct damage, such as cranberry destruction, and indirect, reducing the possibilities of marketing by quarantines, generating loss of quality by quarantine treatments, increasing production costs, and decreasing the competitiveness of the region before national and international markets.

To control it, traps are used that contain food attractants and are supervised and monitored weekly, thus promoting mass captures.

"We already ask for help from the government authorities, who are aware of what is happening and who know that if there is no harvest, there is no labor that we can use", Concluded Chiarello.

 

Source: Infocampo.com.ar/

 

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