Jan 20, 2018 Last Updated 7:39 AM, Jan 19, 2018
×

Warning

JFile: :read: Unable to open file:

Tree pest outbreak hits Malawi districts

Published in Capital News
Read 122657 times
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Malawi has reported an outbreak of a pest called Bluegum Chalcid in its Bluegum trees in the southern districts of Zomba, Mulanje and Phalombe districts.

Secretary for Environment and Climate Change Dr Yanira Mtupanyama confirmed in a published statement on Wednesday that the government is alarmed by the spread of the pest in the districts, leaving disastrous results on Bluegum trees.

“Presently, the only known treatment for this infestation is through cultural control methods that involve physically removing and destroying any infested plants,” she said.

She added that cultural control can help lower populations of the pest during early stages of invasion and minimise the rate of spread to new areas but said the measures are likely to be ineffective during high infestation.

Studies of the pest have found that serious damage can be done to young Bluegum plantations and Blue gum tree nurseries.

Mtupanyama therefore warned the public to be wary of the pest and avoid importation and transportation of the trees species into the country.

She also requested the public to inform forestry officials when they find blue gum trees showing signs such deformed leaves and shoots, premature leaf fall, gnarled appearance, stunted tree growth and loss of tree vigour.

Bluegum trees are heavily used for electricity poles in Malawi, among others uses.

Bluegum Chalcid is said to originate from Australia and has spread to many African countries including Algeria.

117136 comments

  • Comment Link bmw m bmw m Saturday, 20 January 2018 07:35

    Very good post. I am dealing with a few of these issues as well..

  • Comment Link How to Recover Windows Password How to Recover Windows Password Saturday, 20 January 2018 04:57

    Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I am not sure I ad want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

  • Comment Link Asiame.com Asiame.com Saturday, 20 January 2018 02:18

    You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for the issue and found most people will approve with your blog.

  • Comment Link #financialservices #financialservices Friday, 19 January 2018 20:56

    Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it.

  • Comment Link volume levels volume levels Friday, 19 January 2018 19:09

    Thank you ever so for you article.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated.Basic HTML code is allowed.

Capital Tweets

Any data to display

Find Us on Facebook