The Cabildo de Gran Canaria allocates 660,000 euro in aid to compensate for the losses caused by the Guatemalan moth
A total of 224 potato producers in Gran Canaria affected by the Guatemalan moth (Tecia solanivora) have received a subsidy of 660,000 euro from the Cabildo's Primary Sector and Food Sovereignty Council to minimize the losses caused by this quarantine plague.
According to a statement from the Cabildo, the aid will go to the removal and elimination of the affected potatoes through a path enabled by the institution in the Ecoparks, biological control by means of a small native wasp (Copidosoma koehleriuna) that is a natural enemy of moth, rotating crops with legumes and cereals, and the acquisition of traps and phytosanitary products authorized to combat this pest.
In addition to the subsidies, 1,258,890 kilograms of potatoes have been withdrawn at no cost to farmers in 13 municipalities on the island.
Moreover, authorities placed 116 traps throughout the island (103 in the field and 13 in warehouses) to monitor the plague. In addition, they carried out 9 training sessions on control programs to 166 affected producers, among other actions.
The Cabildo said they had also distributed 17,425 traps to 150 applicants to control the fruit fly to alleviate the problem this pest causes on production and quality of the fruit it affects, mainly on stone, subtropical, and citrus fruits, although it has also been detected in persimmons, medlars, and fig trees.
The Primary Sector, the Association of Organizations of Producers of Bananas of the Canary Islands (ASPROCAN), and the Canary Institute of Agrarian Research (ICIA) have also had to work to control the black banana weevil and the Panama disease. They have carried out samplings to detect the affected plots and crops, according to the statement.