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Mexico, U.S., Belize and Guatemala extend actions to eradicate the Mediterranean fruit fly

"In the case of Guatemala, and as a result of the ongoing work in this health control issue, the Petén region was declared free of the Mediterranean fruit fly, which allows them to export papaya without quarantine treatment to the U.S. and Mexico".

The governments of Mexico, U.S., Belize and Guatemala, agreed to strengthen the Program "MOSCAMED", in the plant "El Pino"; in order to continue with efforts to eradicate the plague of the Mediterranean fruit fly in the U.S. (California and Florida), and Guatemala, to keep free of this insect, fruit production in Mexico and Belize.

Under the resolution of the Meeting of Eight Secretaries and Ministers of Agriculture of the Program "MOSCAMED", it was reported that an investment of more than 23 million dollars a year is done between Mexico, U.S. and Guatemala for the plant "El Pino". El Pino, produces 61,245 million sterile flies annually, which ranks it as the most important sterilizing plant worldwide.

20% of its production is shipped to California and Florida in the U.S., and five million eggs per day to Mexico (to the plant Metapa de Domínguez, Chiapas), which means 600 million of these insects a week for our country -thus maintaining the country's status pest free- to continue the exports of fruits and citrus to the U.S., Canada and countries in Europe and Asia.

Among the agreements, the 2011-2020 goal was established, to control and eradicate the Mediterranean fruit fly in Guatemala; which to date has an advance 67,000 square km protected barrier, that affects more than 400 species of fruit-trees and vegetables.

Source: Sagarpa

Publication date: 3/22/2011


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