Sept. 15, 2017
- Israel Has Answer to India’s Oriental Fruit Fly Menace
Biofeed, an Israeli company, says it has developed a no-spray, environment-friendly solution that can protect Indian farmers from the deadly oriental fruit fly, the most destructive, invasive and widespread of all fruit flies that is found in 66 countries in Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Biofeed “lures” hung on trees contain an organic, customized mix of food and control agents. Attracted by the odor, the fruit fly takes a sip and soon dies, without any chemicals reaching the fruit, air or soil. Mango farmers on four Indian orchards saw an overall decrease of fruit fly infestation from 95% to less than 5%, one report said. (Press Trust of India)