Guidelines for usage of Palms fronds in Palm Sunday celebrations

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Guidelines for usage of Palms fronds in Palm Sunday celebrationsAs Palm Sunday is approaching, the Plant Health Directorate within the Ministry for Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change, would like to emphasise the importance that palm fronds used for this celebration are deemed to be free from any presence or symptom of the Red Palm Weevil.

Palm trees from which fronds are taken should be sprayed with an appropriate insecticide after the fronds are removed according to the guidelines which are to be found on the Directorate's website

For maximum protection this treatment should be applied for three consecutive times. Fronds should be cut as short as possible to minimise the use of infected wood which is usually found at the base of the frond.

The wounds created by the removal of fronds should be painted over with mastic paint since the Red Palm Weevil is attracted to fresh cut wounds and thus would find a suitable place to deposit the eggs.

In order to achieve better pest control, the Plant Health Directorate is requesting the co-operation of the public during these Holy Week activities, so that they may continue to be experienced by future generations.

For further information and guidance one may contact the Customer Care Section of the Plant Health Directorate on phone number 2292 6535 or freephone 80072310. One may also contact this Directorate via email plantquarantine@gov.mt or by visiting the official website http://agriculture.gov.mt.

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