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Sterile Insect Technique

The sterile insect technique (SIT) utilises gamma and x-rays to sterilise the insects so that they cannot produce offspring. So far the technique has proven successful in controlling insect pests such as the screwworm as well as the Mexican fruit fly.  Jamaica would realise both economic and health benefits as a result of this venture that is expected to come on stream in 2020. There would be a decrease in losses in crop production, a reduction in the use of insecticides as well as job creation and protection to name a few.

The period 2018/2019 saw the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS) make great strides in bringing a multi-purpose

irradiator to Jamaica, with greater engagement from stakeholders, particularly those invested in the sterile insect technique and the reduction of mosquito-borne diseases.

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