A joint research conducted by the Padjadjaran University’s West Java Development Institute and the Agriculture Ministry’s Agriculture Quarantine Agency found that mangoes grown in Indonesia are free from fruit fly bacteria.
The university’s Professor of pharmaceutical faculty Keri Lestari said UNPAD and the Ministry researched 2,800 fruit flies that often perch on mangos.
“We should no longer fear, moreover panic about exports, in this case to Japan,” said Keri on September 7.
According to Keri, Bactrocera occipitalis is only found in the wilderness areas of North Kalimantan. There, the fly landed on just a few mangoes. Meanwhile, mango products in Indonesia are free from bacteria and are high-yielding varieties ready for export.
Indonesia ranks fifth in the world’s mango producers after India, China, Thailand, and Mexico.