South African ban on Kenyan avocado imports now lifted

Earlier this month, South Africa’s government announced that it is lifting the decade-long ban on Kenyan avocado imports. This will result in the return of Kenyan avocados to markets in South Africa, and pave the way for the redevelopment of Kenya’s avocado production industry at an international level.
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Kenya gets new production facility to control crop pest

By Sam Otieno. Reblogged from SciDevNet A facility has been launched in Kenya to aid commercial production of a protein bait to control fruit flies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The US$250,000 facility, which resulted from public-private partnership involving the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) and Kenya Biologics Ltd, will enable smallholders control fruit flies that devastate their fruits…
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Update: Plant Health News (16 Dec 15)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including typhoons and greening disease hitting China citrus crops, avocado exports threatened by phytosanitary problems in Mexico and the World Food Programme working to connect smallholder farmers to markets. Click on the link to read more of the latest plant health news!
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Update: Plant Health News (02 Dec 15)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including a boost for parasitic weed research in Africa from the Gates Foundation, benefits of modern farming come to Peru and a surge in climate change-related disasters posing a growing threat to food security. Click on the link to read more of the latest plant…
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Bolivia: control de la mosca de la fruta en chirimoya

La mosca de la fruta es una plaga de mayor importancia en América latina, y solo en Bolivia, esta plaga causa pérdida de 113 millones de dólares cada año a los productores de frutas y hortalizas. Los productores y productoras de chirimoya pueden revisar la Lista Verde producida por Plantwise que brinda asesoramiento sobre la…
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Update: Plant Health News (23 Sep 15)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the damage to irrigation channels caused by Chilean earthquakes, the promotion of earthworms to improve soil fertility and boost crop yields in Zimbabwe, and a severe reduction in cereal production in Central America as a result of the El Niño. Click on the link…
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Update: Plant Health News (12 Aug 15)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the potential impact of climate change on food security in Sub-Saharan Africa, the use of biocontrol to manage fruit fly in Kenya and the impact of Fusarium on banana production in Honduras. Click on the link to read more of the latest…
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Update: Plant Health News (06 May 15)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the encouragement of citizen cooperation in the fight against fruit flies in Chile, exciting new projects to improve agriculture in Ecuador and an update from IITA on the spread of papaya mealybug in Tanzania. Click on the link to read more of…
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Update: Plant Health News (02 Jul 14)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the release of EFSA’s scientific opinion on biotech oilseed rape, why using too much fertilizer is bad for crops and bad for climate and how the El Niño is already impacting Peruvian fruit crops. Click on the link to read more of the latest…
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Factsheet of the month: May – Fruit Fly Control

Today, the European Union (EU) has imposed a ban on imports of Alphonso mango from India after authorities in Brussels found fruit flies infesting mango shipments earlier this year. This ban is likely to affect everyone in the supply chain – from growers to wholesalers to consumers. Fruit flies are a major pest of mango…
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