Protecting Hawaiian Small Farm Production from Bactrocera Fruit Flies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2012-00275
Agency Tracking Number: 2012-00275
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.12
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003497
Small Business Information
2060 CHICAGO AVE STE C2, Riverside, CA, 92507-2347
DUNS: 960774941
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Agenor Mafra-Neto
 (951) 686-5008
Business Contact
 Annlok Yap
Title: Business Director
Phone: (951) 686-5008
Research Institution
Small growers in Hawaii have the potential to produce an abundance of high value fruit and vegetables supplying for the needs of local island markets as well as the mainland markets. However, due to the insidious, unrelenting, high pressure of fruit flies, especially from the two key Bactrocera invasive pest species, Oriental Fruit Fly and Melon Fruit Fly, these growers cannot achieve their production potential. Many of the current small farm growers are found running fledging agricultural production enterprises with very few prospects of a better future; the new generations look for alternatives to the small farm life. Solving the problem of Bactrocera fruit flies would provide a reinjection of new energy that would foster the fruit and vegetable production in Hawaii.

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