Producers, the Ministry and exporters act together in the fight against the Mediterranean Fruit Fly (AMS), which causes great damage to more than 200 crops, especially citrus, apricot, quince, peach, fig and pomegranate and has zero tolerance in exports.
Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association delivered 500 Mediterranean Fruit Fly control traps to support the Mediterranean Fruit Fly Monitoring Project to be carried out by Muğla Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry.
Reminding that there are only a few days left for the citrus season, Aegean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association Chairman Hayrettin Uçak said, “According to the citrus harvest study carried out in the Aegean Region in İzmir, Muğla, Aydın and Balıkesir provinces; Muğla leads the way in the Aegean Region citrus yield in 2021, as in previous years, with 228,827 tonnes. Due to climate change, we have a yield loss of 12 percent in Muğla region, as in other provinces. The climate crisis both causes loss of yield and makes it difficult to combat pests, so we need to fight together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, producers and exporters.”
Explaining that the first week of September is the days when the Mediterranean Fruit Fly pest started to appear, Hayrettin Uçak said that necessary measures have been taken to combat the effects of climate change on the one hand and the Mediterranean Fruit Fly on the other.