Officials there have indicated that they will be launching a Fruit Fly Trapping Program commencing 30th May, 2012.
According to a release from the department, the program will be used as a means of management of the West Indian Fruit Fly which is present in the Federation. The initiative is equally designed as part of an early detection mechanism for exotic fruit flies, such as the Mediterranean Fruit Fly and Carambola Fruit Fly, which are currently not present.
The successful execution of the program, said an official, will be dependent on the level of support from the public.
They advised that it is essential that traps be placed in and around “high risk” areas where any exotic species may enter, including ports of entry and fruit orchards.
The general public is however urged not to tamper with the traps that will be hanging from trees as this would hinder their effectiveness. In the initial stages, the traps will be monitored on a weekly basis.
If successful the program would help to prevent the entry, spread and establishment of new pests and diseases in St. Kitts that may harm the agricultural sector.