Philippine government researchers are in the thick of finalizing their studies on how to address the problem caused by the Cecid fly, as the infestation threatens the nation’s mango yield.
Secretary William Dar has ordered Undersecretary Evelyn Lavina of the high-value crops program to aid in research and development initiatives which could address the Cecid fly or locally called "kurikong" infestation.
The Cecid fly is a mosquito-like insect that lays its eggs on the fruit surface and young mango leaves, where its larvae bore into the fruit and feed on it. Such infestation is threatening Philippine mango production, which was recorded at 737,928 tons in 2019.
Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) show that exports of fresh and dried mangoes amounted to $17.88 million last year, 4% higher than in 2018.