Mealy bug predator to be introduced today
Predators that will destroy the Mealy bug 'Aserophagues Papayae' will
be brought to the country today (15) from California to be released in
the areas where the insect destroyed papaw and 28 other species of
plants, a group of agricultural researchers said at a press conference
held at the Ministry of Information in Colombo yesterday (13).
The first stock of these Aserophagues Papayae insects will be
released in Polonnaruwa District where a large number of papaw
cultivations were destroyed. Also the universities and research
institutions will breed this Aserophagues Papayae and release them in
other affected areas, Dr. Jinadari Zoysa said.
The Mealy bug problem rose to an epidemic proportion during August
last year could be eradicated by using the predator Aserophagues Papayae
that has been successfully used in three other countries that had
achieved 90 percent success, Deputy Director Research Rubber Research
Institute, Dr. Chandra K. Jayasinghe noted.