Food Production Minister, Devant Maharaj, made the announcement while speaking at the weekly post cabinet news briefing at the Prime Minister’s St Clair Office yesterday.
He said the African Snail can feed on over 500 species of plants including ornamental and vegetable crops.
Minister Maharaj said the pest can produce twelve hundred eggs per year and is more prolific in the raining season.
The pest is also present in several Caribbean islands including Martinque, Guadeloupe, St Marteen, St Lucia and Barbados.
Minister Maharaj the control programme for the Giant African Snail will be a comprehensive one.