Farmers are Better Able to Manage Fruit Flies in Dominica PDF
As part of the activities 2 experts from Suriname and Grenada are here to observe our management strategies for controlling the flies and to train extension farmers on trapping the pests.
Ryan Anselm, Head of Plant Quarantine Unit, says the flies have cost serious economic loss to our farmers because they cannot export fruits to the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Thomas.
They were able to train 30 farmers and all extension officers and give recommendations to improve the database for trapping lines, and management of cultural and integrated pest management system for fruit flies.
Alies van Saeurs- Muller, Head of Carambola Fruit Fly Programme in Suriname, says finding a carambola fruit fly 20 years ago has taught her a lot about the insects.
She says what people can do is pick up all the fruits in the filed and destroy them because if left in the filed you would then we rearing fruit flies.
Paul Graham, USDA Aphis Consultant, says every fruit fly trap in Dominica is supposed to be mapped and have a specific location so it can be determined if the distribution is right.
He says the biggest problem in Dominica is the West Indian Fruit Fly which attacks all plums, guavas and mangoes.
They inspected a trap line that ran all the way to Portsmouth, with inspection of 19- 20 traps.