Talana Farms’s Production Manager, Johan Botjieter, says that they have put in measures to fight the invading Asian flies in their farm.
He said such measures include discouraging the flies from breeding on the vegetables by setting traps containing some chemicals which attract male flies that then die inside the traps reducing production of new flies. Besides that, he said that they are strengthening monitoring and scouting for the disease in the farm.
He added that the Department of Agriculture is helping them a great deal in this regard and have teams in the area helping them.
Botjieter also said that the situation in their farm is not bad as they do not grow citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons and water melons, which are attacked by flies most of the times.
He said that, despite the fact that they are under quarantine in a bid to control the invasion by the flies, they are still able to harvest tomatoes and peppers, which they treat before they market them.
“All is not lost for us as we are still able to market tomatoes and peppers which the flies do not attack, fortunately,” he said.
Talana Farms is the country’s biggest producer of vegetables, which are sold in both towns and villages in the country.
The MoA first reported the invasion of flies at the beginning of this month then imposed quarantine measures to make sure the disease does not spread to other parts of the country.