SAG intensifies operational deployment to protect Chile from the fruit fly

Published Jun 17, 2024

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In 2024, Chile's Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) has ramped up efforts to protect its agriculture from the fruit fly, especially Ceratitis capitata. A team of 1,026 people has been deployed, installing over 10,288 traps and conducting nearly 300,000 inspections across 18,000 locations. SAG has analyzed 34 tons of fruit in labs and released almost 14 million sterilized pupae using the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) in various regions. Additionally, significant quantities of risky agricultural products have been intercepted at borders and unauthorized crossings, with intermediate health controls established to ensure continuous surveillance. Maintaining Chile's status as a fruit fly-free country remains a critical challenge.
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The Agricultural and Livestock Service has redoubled its efforts to safeguard Chilean agriculture against the threat of the fruit fly, a pest that puts fruit production at risk. Through a series of strategic measures, the service is making significant progress in its detection and eradication. In 2024, a team of 1,026 people dedicated to the fight against Ceratitis capitata has been deployed. With more than 10,288 traps installed in key areas, nearly 300,000 trap inspections have been carried out in more than 18,000 locations throughout the country, the SAG detailed. This surveillance work has allowed 34 tons of fruit to be analyzed in specialized laboratories to detect possible infestations. One of the strategies implemented is the use of the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), in which sterilized pupae are released every week. In 2024, almost 14 million pupae have been released in campaigns carried out in Arica, San Esteban, Los Andes, San Bernardo, Lo Espejo and Chimbarongo. This ...
Source: MXfruit
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