TAIWAN: Taichung govt buys stink bug larvae to protect lychee, longan crop

In an effort to ward off invading lychee stink bugs, the Taichung Agriculture Bureau announced an initiative to buy their larvae for NT$2 (US$ 0.07) each starting March 1.   The lychee stink bug, officially known as Tessaratoma papillosa, is an agricultural pest with a taste for fruit trees, like lychee and longan trees, and […]

SOUTH AFRICA: Stricter oversight of mango loving pest

The South African government is strengthening the regulatory framework to prevent and combat the spread of the Oriental fruit fly within the country.   The Department of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is alerting individuals‚ municipal authorities‚ traditional authorities‚ community members‚ farmers‚ fruit and vegetables industries and universities about amended Control Measures which have been […]