An environmental project AgroLIFE, and the ministry of agriculture have come up with a novel pesticide-free way to protect carob trees from mice.
According to an announcement mice are the biggest threat to carob production as they feed on tree branches, which causes branches to dry out and production to fall.
AgroLife, which is a partnership between the Technological University (TEPAK) and the NGO Terra Cypria, with the agriculture ministry, have launched the project at Anoyira village in Limassol.
Their solution is placing metal shields on the trunks of the trees which prevents access to the foliage and branches.
Along with other measures, the shields are expected to help significantly in the management of problems caused by mice in the area, the announcement said.
In addition, growers expected to benefit both from the increase in production and in the cost of rodent cleanup. It also benefits the environment as poisons will not be needed.
AgroLIFE is a three year project that aims to protect and enhance rural areas in Cyprus. It focuses on carob and on vineyards and their protection through environmentally friendly methods.