JOHANNESBURG, (Xinhua) --
The South African government on Monday
confirmed that the oriental fruit fly has been detected
in the country’s Western Cape Province.
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)
issued a statement on Monday confirming the disease.
government stated that they have been carrying out
various tests since the disease was detected at the end
of last month. The area has been quarantined to prevent
the disease spreading to other areas.
packing and processing facilities of host material have
been placed under quarantine and eradication initiated
in a 25 km2 area surrounding the detection point.
Growers within the eradication area will have to apply
for permits to remove produce for packing or to move
produce outside the area subject to phytosanitary
conditions,” said DAFF in a statement.
affects fruits like mango, guava, citrus, papaya, apple,
pear, apricot, peach, pear, cherry, grapes, passion
fruit, pepper, tomato and cucurbits. The government
warned that if the disease is not effectively controlled
it could result in food insecurity and job losses.
also said the community, traders and farmers in the
infected area have to seek permit from them before
removing fruit from quarantine areas to non-quarantine
“International travellers are advised to avoid illegal
importation of agricultural commodities into South
Africa because this may lead to the introduction of new
pests and diseases which are expensive and difficult to
manage,” it added.
department said the pest can be controlled by practicing
effective field sanitation, chemical control (male
annihilation) blocks and protein bait stations or
protein bait sprays. It could also be controlled by
regulation of the removal of host material from the
infested areas non-infested areas.
fruit fly is an exotic fruit fly native to Asia,
previously described in Africa as the invader fruit fly.
The government has not announced the possible source of