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Pest Outbreak on Niulakita Island

Publication Date
Mon, 26 Oct 2015, 02:20
Last Updated
Oct. 26, 2015, 2:28 a.m.
Report Number
Pest Id
Bactrocera xanthodes - (BCTRXA)
Report Status
Breadfruit & papaya
Pest Status (old values from ISPM 8 -1998 )
  • Present: only in some areas
Pest Status (ISPM 8 - 2021)
  • Present: not widely distributed and under official control
Geographical Distribution
Only at Niulakita island, Tuvalu

B.xanthodes was detected in Tuvalu in one of the outer-island namely Niulakita in 2009.Up to date, the department is still continued to carry out the surveillance and monitoring the status on all the islands. However, movement of ripening fruits out of Niulakita is strictly prohibited.

This fruit fly present only in one island but not other islands of the group, therefore, the department has to ensure safe movement of fruits out of Niulakita, strengthen and maintain good relationship with the island community and perhaps increase awareness over the radio to the public in order to avoid & prevent the spread of B.xanthodes to other islands.
Contact for info
Senior Plant Protection & Quarantine, Department of Agriculture, Funafuti, Tuvalu
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