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Fruit fly species a threat: BAF

  A species of the fruit fly has been a threat to the status of fresh produce  The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) is working around the clock to eradicate them
19 Jul 2017 11:00
Fruit fly species a threat: BAF
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) consultant Dr Eric Jang,s, Bio Security chief executive Hillary Kumwenda Dr. Harry Fay during the Fruit Fly workshop at the Tanoa International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

A species of the fruit fly has been a threat to the status of fresh produce  The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) is working around the clock to eradicate them in Fiji and Rotuma.

BAF chief executive Hillary Kumwendamade said a project was underway to suppress and eradicate the fly which was affecting the quality of fresh produce.

“The project aims to address the fruit fly issue in Fiji and adding to that for Rotuma, the project aims to suppress the levels of B. Kirki to very low levels and possibly eradicate it using nuclear techniques,” Mr Kumwendamade said.

Mr Kumwendamade was speaking yesterday while opening the four-day workshop for Fruit Fly training at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi.

He said Fiji (including Rotuma) had seven species of fruit flies of which three species Bactoceraxanthodes, Bactocerapassiflorae and Bactocerakirki had economic significance.

He said the reduction or eradication of the three species could be achieved through integration pest management methods such as trapping, baiting and also using nuclear based Sterile Insect Technique (STI).

He said there was an enhanced co-operation between BAF and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

“We have a stringent monitoring and surveillance programme on B. kirki restricting its entry into Fiji as the current export of fresh produce to overseas market would be jeopardized,” MrKumwenda said.

“This is why it is extremely important to manage and eradicate B kirkii n Rotuma.

“The suppression and possibly eradication of B kirki population in Rotuma would also have overall benefit as it would reduce damages of fruits in Rotuma and benefit the subsistence, semi-commercial and commercial growers.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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