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More than 70 hectares of the state’s pitahaya in danger due to plague of worms

Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Q.R. — The secretary of the National Peasant Confederation (CNC) says more than 70 hectares of pitahaya (dragon fruit) is in danger due to a plague of worms.

Máximo Chan Poot, head of the Confederación Nacional Campesina (CNC), says the 70 hectares of fruit are being eaten by worms, which is affecting the entire crop of producers. He says with the added complication of closed markets due to Covid-19, this year’s crop is uncertain. He says the closed markets has caused the price of the fruit to drop considerably, causing economic losses for its 60 producers.

State pitahaya producers have also been affected by the wet weather brought about during the mont of June when the region experienced severe flooding. He says normally they harvest around 90 tons, but this year, will likely harvest only 30.