Sterile flies to be released
The government has announced the launch of the last phase of the international protocol of the Program to Eradicate the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly), in order to completely wipe out the source of infestation discovered in the area of Punta Cana, in the province of La Altagracia.
In a meeting in Punta Cana led by the administrative minister of the Presidency, Jose Ramon Peralta and Agriculture Minister Angel Estevez, it was announced that the government would release 108 million sterile Medfly males by air, and some 40,000 on the ground, so that they could mate with the remaining females who are the target of the eradication project.
Last March, the United States imposed a ban on imports of fresh produce from the country, including avocado, bell peppers and tomatoes, after an outbreak of the fruit flies was detected in a radius of 22 kilometers around the airport of Punta Cana. The lifting of the ban is contingent on eliminating Medfly.
July 15, 205
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