The mango season has barely started on Réunion island but the harvest is already threatened by Asian fruit flies.
This small insect lodges in the fruit and multiplies very rapidly. “If we do not destroy the mango, the larvae it contains will go out and spread to the other fruit,” explains Jean-Bernard Gonthier, president of the Chamber of Agriculture.
The fly stings the fruit and destroys the local production. Some orchards claim to have lost 80% of their production. “This is going to be a complicated year. In the coming years, we should breed tiny wasps to colonize the flies and also search for mushrooms to find a solution.”
Source : L’Info.re