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Country’s largest coconut growing province manages to control imported pest (June 3)
Bến Tre Province in the Mekong Delta area is the largest coconut-growing province in Vietnam with areas of more than 72,000 ha planted to coconut. This accounts for 42% of the total coconut production in Vietnam and the government has taken intensive measures to control the coconut black-headed caterpillar and has basically contained the spread of the pest.
The coconut black-headed caterpillar, which showed up in the province last July, damages the fruits and causes yields reduction. According to the Plant Protection and Cultivation Sub-department of Bến Tre Province, 393 ha of coconut trees have been affected in the province, and so far, 4,659 severely damaged trees have been cut down.
So far, more than 100 ha have been treated with pesticides (including bio-pesticides) in the province, and 150 pairs of
ong kí sinh đùi to
sp.), one kind of parasitic wasp, have been released to control the pest. And the province plans to release a total of 28,000 earwigs, another insect that preys on the caterpillar, in affected groves this year.
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