Country Report Belize October 1996 Main report

Regional review: Mealy bug is reported to have spread

The pink mealy bug infestation experienced in Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, and St Kitts is reported to have spread to Jamaica and St Vincent. In Grenada the pest has caused EC$25m (US$9.3m) in damage to cocoa plantations, and imports of agricultural produce from St Vincent were banned by Barbados in October. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched a regional programme to eradicate the bug, while St Kitts has reported positive results from the introduction of predatory wasps and ladybirds.

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