Maputo, Mozambique, 2 Jan – The Mozambican authorities have partially lifted the ban on exporting fruit from Manica province, which has been in place since September 2008, after a plague of fruit flies affected the crop, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.
The paper added that the lift on the ban, made official on 28 December 2008, benefited only the export of mangoes produced in the Dombe are of Manica province, as it is considered to be free from the plague.
The head of the Vegetable Health Department of the National Agrarian Services Directorate, Serafina Magana, said that the measure did not yet cover other products, which continued under observation by the authorities, including banana, papaya, avocado, orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, cashew, pear, pineapple, watermelon, pumpkin, cucumber, chilli pepper, mandarin oranges, plums, apples, cherries and litchis as well as some other local tropical fruits.
The partial lift on the ban on exporting fruit from Manica province followed a decision taken on 23 October, 2008 to export bananas produced in the south of the country (considered as yet to be free of the plague of fruit flies), to South Africa.
the National Directorate of Agrarian Services has set up inspection posts in Caia, Zóbuè, Machipanda, Inchope, River Save, River Limpopo, Incoluane, Michafutene and Matola-Rio, to ensure vegetable products susceptible to attack by the flies from infested areas are not taken in to areas free from the fruit flies.(macauhub)