The Malta Independent 7 February 2023, Tuesday
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Notice issued regarding palms used by fishermen during lampuki season

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 16:14 Last update: about 7 years ago

The Plant Protection Directorate has emphasised the importance of palm fronds which are taken from palm trees to be used for the lampuki fishing season being free from any symptoms associated with the Red Palm Weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) pest, in order to further reduce the dispersion of this pest.

It is common practice for fishermen to cut hundreds of palm fronds used as a traditional method for lampuki fishing during the month of August. Therefore, the Plant Protection Directorate is asking for the cooperation of those involved in these activities to safeguard the respective local laws; request the supervision of the directorate instructing about the cutting of palm fronds; as well as to follow the guidelines listed below: 


1.     Fronds must be cut as short as possible to decrease the infestation at source, which is normally found in the lower part of the frond;

2.      The cutting of palm fronds must be followed by preventive treatments against the Red Palm Weevil using a combination of insecticides to cover the fresh lesions, since this pest prefers to lay its eggs on fresh cuts in the palm tree;

3.      The palms from which fronds are taken must be treated immediately with appropriate insecticides. This treatment must be repeated for three consecutive times so that the tree is protected in the best possible way;

4.      Special attention must be given if fronds are taken from the palm species Canary Palm (Phoenix canariensis) which is one of the most susceptible types.

For further information and guidance one can contact the Plant Protection Directorate within the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change on 22926535, or on freephone 80072310.


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