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Mauritius: 50% mango plantations eaten by bats

Bats of Mauritius became the haunt of mango producers who are still furious against heavy losses while the fruit season is in full swing.
"50% of mangoes were eaten by these flying mammals", denounces Kreepaloo Sunghoon, president of the Small Planters Welfare Fund (SPWF) which note in passing that safety nets are difficult to implement at the heart of the plantations with towering mango trees in contrast to simple orchards composed of smaller trees.
Professionals in the sector are now discouraged and don't want to commit no more to other productions, such as lychees devoured by the colonies of bats, as the newspaper L'Express of Mauritius.

As a reminder, some 55,000 bats were recently identified at Mauritius.
The colonies of bats "Pteropus niger" thus attack since many years to harvested fruit on the island.
Before the dissatisfaction of workers in the sector face these nuisances, the Minister of agro-industry, Satish Faugoo, has put forward, there are a dozen days, the authorities have signed an agreement protecting bats locally.
And only the use of nets for protection against bats is therefore advocated on the side of the authorities.

Fabrice François

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