fruitsveggie.jpgGovernment has suspended the importation of fruits from Mozambique following the detection of two species of flies that have attacked fruits in that country.

The ban has been imposed to pave the way for the assessment of risk posed by the two species of fruit flies, Bactrocera invadens and Ceratitis rosa which are known to attack bananas in Kenya.

In a statement the department of Plant Quarantine Services, Research Services Division said departments from the two countries are conducting a national fruit fly surveillance program for early detection of Bactrocera invadens.

The suspension of the fruits which include bananas, mangoes paw paws, guava, pineapples, litchie, tomatoes and strawberries, is being effected in accordance with the Plant and Disease Act.   

The pest which can be disseminated by flying adults or trading infested fruits was first recorded in Kenya in February 2003 and later detected in Mozambique in 2007.

This makes Zimbabwe a potential risk area of invasion due to its proximity to the neighboring host countries.