The chestnut crops are under a severe threat from the colony of wasps in Spain.
It is one of the most important sources of protein for vegan and vegetarian diets. Also, it has taken the place in the dinner courses for Christmas. However, a small yet invasive wasp, originated from China, is threatening the existence of the crop of chestnut in Spain. Therefore, the government has decided to opt for procedures that will not only keep the crops of chestnut safe but will also control the population of wasps. The researchers have come up with a unique solution that involves introducing non-native insects into the air that will control the population greatly.
Usually, the prickly nuts, resulting in huge lip-smacking chestnuts, have become rare this year as the wasps have destroyed a huge portion of the crop.
The farmer, who is known for chestnut farming stated this year they have yielded 70% of the total crop they yield every year and has blamed the small wasp for the same. He further expressed his anxiety by stating that his family, who is also into this portion of farming have realized way too late to take the proper corrective measures.
On the other hand, at a weighing station and co-operative collection point, the story is different. Avispilla or Dryoscomus kuriphillus katsumatsu, which is the chestnut gall wasp, is the primary reason for a massive economic and environmental damage in the Valley. This is a serious scenario as this is responsible for the annual income of €10 million.
Felipe Javier Cabos, the President of the Regional Association of the producers of chestnuts expressed his grief in this regard by stating since he is the biggest producer of chestnut, the vulnerability is higher. Therefore, the corrective measures need implementation on an urgent basis to cease further damage.