Ukrainian berry producers should be prepared for a new threat, a new pest may be underway: the Drosophila Suzukii. This insect infects only healthy, undamaged fruits and can lead to a loss of 40-50% of the crop. In addition, there are no definitive means of dealing with it yet.
The Drosophila Suzukii is a quarantine organism in Ukraine, and has not been seen before, mainly threatening plantations in Western Europe. But recently, it began to spread to the central and eastern parts of Europe and appeared in neighboring Poland. Therefore, Ukrainian farmers are also at risk.
A large number of berry and fruit crops are subjected to pest attacks, including blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, red and black currants, raspberries, cherries, apricots, plums, nectarines and table grape varieties.