Increased fruit fly activity is causing significant concern in Multan as orchards, particularly those cultivating orange and citrus fruits, grapple with an aggressive infestation. Spanning across 16,000 ha in South Punjab, the pests seem to have specifically targeted orange and kinnow orchards. The consequences are evident as fruits are prematurely dropping. This will probably result in a substantial reduction in annual yields. Agricultural experts are expressing worries about a potential 30 percent decline in production due to the ongoing infestation.
The increased fruit fly infestation emphasizes the urgent need for timely interventions. Farmers are recommending immediate actions, such as deploying pesticides or burying fallen fruits, to mitigate the impact of the fruit fly infestation.