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AGRICULTURE LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO COMBAT FRUIT FLY AFFECTING THE TABLE GRAPE CROP IN THE CITY (26/05/2008)

The Councillor for Agriculture and Water, John Pagan Sanchez, has reported the launch of the campaign against fruit fly in the cultivation of early varieties of table grapes, initiating the distribution of baits and insecticides to activate and placed on the field again for anglers.

The start of the season for table grapes in early varieties starts Monday 26 May and for the rest of varieties, the campaign will begin in mid-June.

As he explained the mayor, the fruit fly is a pest that affects the fruit unfit for their consumption and their presence is cause for rejection in items exported to third countries. "

As for the collection of material, warned that farmers who join for the first time this campaign must pass through to the District Agricultural Office in their area to fill an application.

The council has reported that as of today will be distributed to farmers and insecticide baits to activate and place on field, for anglers, and for farmers in Aledo and Totana, the point of withdrawal is the town of Totana Store, located in the old road fleet in time 8:00 to 12:00 noon.

The campaign aims to combat the scourge cited by capturing adult anglers baited with food attractants, which are placed in orchards and grapevines.

In a first step, distribute the material, which has 120 days, for the earliest varieties of grapes (Superior, Sugraone, Prime, Flame, etc.).

For late varieties, harvesting of which will be held between September and November, the setting of traps must be done in late June or early July in order to remove the parcels as soon as possible, the highest number of adult flies fruit and reduce damage to the grapes, said Pagan.

The municipal official stressed the importance of "proper use of the instruments that the Ministry of Agriculture and Water available to farmers," and therefore encouraged to consult and raise doubts emerging about the setting of traps to technicians Plant Protection Service.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana

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