A large section of cotton farmers in Gujarat have abruptly stopped cotton picking to switch over to other winter crops as a pest infestation has taken a toll on the yeild. The dreaded pink bollworm disease had started showing its presence by mid-October hampering the crop prospects and reducing the estimated yield.
In order to increase the presence of parasitoids (insects that lay an egg inside the pest, causing its death) and the natural predators of the peach aphid, a series of pilot tests has been planned at the facilities of the company Grupo Ametller Origen, Agrícola Maresme SXXI. Thus, covers made with selected plants will be used to facilitate biological control and reduce the use of phytosanitary products.
A unique control technique is being trialled in Perth's western suburbs in a bid to eradicate any remaining Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) from the area. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has been responding to an outbreak of Qfly since March this year, undertaking a program including surveillance, fruit hygiene, mass trapping and baiting to eradicate this insect pest.
The National Fruit Fly Council (NFFC) has released the 2020-25 National Fruit Fly Strategy, providing a framework for governments, industry and research funders to advance fruit fly management in Australia. The strategy was launched late last week, with NFFC Chair Lloyd Klump noting that everyone had a responsibility when it came to managing fruit flies in Australia.
At least three Chinese companies are investing in industrial steaming equipment to use in the phytosanitary treatment of agricultural products for export, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon said. This comes in response to the Chinese government’s June 9 official approval of the export of 500,000 tonnes of Cambodian fresh mangoes per year to the country.
The National Fruit Fly Strategy 2020-25 released today will aim to maintain Australia’s freedom from exotic fruit fly, minimise the incidence and spread of fruit fly, implement national systems that support market access and facilitate a cooperative and committed national approach to fruit fly management.
A means to fight locust invasions ecologically has just been developed in Senegal. The prototype of the “locust harvester” was presented on October 17th, 2020 in the capital Dakar during a virtual conference. Senegalese researcher Sanoussy Diakité has just presented his new machine, called the "locust harvester".
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists in Wilmington recently intercepted two destructive insect pests – an Ochrostomus sp.,commonly known as a seed bug, in a shipment of Brazilian grapes on October 5, and Diaphania sp., commonly known as a cucumber moth, in a shipment of Costa Rican pumpkins October 7.
The worrying increase in pests and the impact of the weather are causing the kaki production to fall at a higher rate than expected in the Region of Valencia, the fruit's main producing area in Spain. Although the prices that producers receive are higher compared to the same period last season, the increase in costs to try to control pests is taking a huge toll on the profitability.
The Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture has issued a statement saying it needs more additional aircraft to spray the fields in the face of the fast spreading desert locust swarms. Agriculture State Minister Mandefro Negusse stated that the country only has one aircraft sprayer left, whereas it requires at least ten to control the infestation.
According to estimates from the agricultural sector collected by the Plant Health Service of the Ministry of Agriculture, the different pests and diseases that affect the fruit and vegetable crops in the Region of Murcia can cause annual losses of up to 120 million euro. In the case of stone fruits, table grapes, and citrus fruits, these losses can reach 15%, while for horticultural species the losses can be close to 20%.
Australia and New Zealand have revised their biosecurity requirements and seasonal measures ahead of the 2020/21 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs risk season. The regulatory requirements primarily target importers of goods and cover their responsibility to ensure that certain types of cargoes are properly treated and certified prior to arriving in Australia or New Zealand.
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