Guyana working with Brazil, Suriname on eradicating carambola fruit fly

Participants at the workshop (DPI photo)

Guyana, Brazil and Suriname are collaborating to eradicate the carambola fruit fly which plagues agricultural produce, the Department of Public Information (DPI) reported on Wednesday.

At a workshop hosted by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) yesterday, CEO of the National Agricultural and Research Extension Institute (NAREI) Dr. Oudho Homenauth said the exercise is centred on the elimination of the Carambola fruit fly.

“It is recognised that no one country in the region can seriously manage the pest problem. We all have to work together.

So, it is imperative that our efforts be combined; and the three countries, that is Guyana, Suriname and Brazil have agreed to work together to have a unified approach to make a difference,” Dr. Homenauth said.

This initiative was supported by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Delma Nedd who noted the effects of the carambola fruit fly on Guyana’s agricultural development. She said studies show the fly is responsible for as much as fifty percent in yield loss of the carambola crop.



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