Rastrococcus invadens (Mango Mealybug was detected in Uganda, in 2021, during a detection survey conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries. The survey followed a confirmed report of the R. invadens in Rwanda in 2019.
The survey was the second and conducted in August 2021. The survey was facilitated by the Food and Agricultural Organisation, under the project, "Enhance preparedness and response capacity of the countries in the Subregional office of Eastern Africa to the Mango mealybug (Rastrococcus invadens Williams)."
Sample specimens for mango , banana and citrus fruits, leaves, twigs, were collected from the eastern, western, northern, central and south western parts of the country. The samples collected were analysed by the Natural History Museum, in London United Kingdom in November 2021. The analytical report confirmed the presence of the Mango mealybug (R. invadens Williams) in specimens collected from Sofia Cell Kafunjo Town Council, Ruhama, Ntungamo District in the south, south western region.