BELIZE-AGRICULTURE-Belize urges a halt to illegal importation of fruits and vegetables.

 
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Belize has warned people to refrain from illegally importing fruits and vegetables into the country after announcing that medflies had been detected in the Sapodilla Cayes, Dump in the Toledo District and Hopkins Village in the Stann Creek District.

The Mediterranean fruit fly, or medfly, is a species of fruit fly capable of causing extensive damage to a wide range of fruit crops. It is native to sub-Saharan Africa, but has spread invasively to many parts of the world, including Australasia and North and South America

In a statement, the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) said as a result of the discovery 'eradication activities such as fruit stripping, increase trapping and chemical control have begun in Hopkins and the Sapodilla Cayes.

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