Horticulture

Development of area-wide management approaches for fruit flies in mango for Indonesia, Philippines, Australia and the Asia-Pacific region

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Project code
HORT/2015/042
Program
Budget
AUD 2,750,004
Research program manager
Ms Irene Kernot
Project leader
Stefano De Faveri - Queensland Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries
Duration:
NOV 2018
2021
JUN 2023
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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Overview

This project is reducing mango fruit-fly infestation and improving yield and quality through area-wide management and improved pre- and post-harvest practices, and improving production and trade. 

The estimated number of mango growers in Indonesia and the Philippines is 2.3 and 2.5 million respectively. In both cases, over 70% of mango growers are resource-poor smallholders. 

While the area allocated to mango production is on average less than 0.15 ha, mangoes play a significant role in supplementing on- and off-farm incomes. 

Pests and diseases, along with poor crop-management practices, constantly threaten productivity and the quality of the fruit in both countries. 

In Indonesia, efforts to develop and deploy area-wide management (AWM) of fruit flies in West Java will be supported and monitored by this project. Additionally, a system will be created to enable growers to shift a significant proportion of their production to the highly fruit-fly susceptible but more lucrative Gedong Gincu variety. 

In the Philippines, a small pilot trial will test a simplified AWM-based system. 

Expected project outcomes

  • Economic benefits due to reduced fruit fry losses and improved fruit quality.
  • Increased awareness among farmers of beneficial species for a range of pests, providing greater knowledge of where and when to use insecticides and the consequences of using broad spectrum compounds.
  • Dissemination of new knowledge and skills to other farmers in the participating communities.
  • Increased capacity to adopt best practice post-harvest handling and treatment methods.
  • Increased understanding of fruit fly control strategies that are simple and inexpensive to apply.
  • Health benefits due to reduced use of broad-spectrum insecticides and improved insecticide application methods in mango production.
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Key partners
Eastern Mennonite University
Indonesian Centre for Agriculture Socio Economic and Policy Studies
Indonesian Centre for Horticulture Research and Development
Provincial Agriculturist Office
University of Gadjah Mada
University of the Philippines, Los Banos
University of the Philippines, Mindanao
PCAARRD Philippines
Documents
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Fact sheet HORT/2015/042