Oranges Threatened by Virus
The "yellow dragon" plague, which has already created havoc throughout the world, could affect 6,000 hectares of orange farms in Panama.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The insect of the plague was detected in Florida, U.S.A. and has already arrived in Belize. The threat of the plague, which could affect more than 1,000 Panamanian producers, caused the Department of Farm Development (MIDA) to declare a phytosanitary emergency. The director of vegetable health at MIDA, Ariel Espino, told Laestrella.com.pa that "they have closed the borders to incoming plants processed from the U.S., mainly from Florida, in addition to those from Brazil and the Caribbean islands where the insect has also wreaked havoc."
Regional health authorities reported that 100% of potato production in Honduras is affected by a plague known as "Paratrioza."
The Panamanian Exporter Association (Apex)has reduced its forecast for export growth to 15%
The government of Honduras has announced that it will continue spraying trucks from El Salvador, due to the presence of a pest, but without charging the fee of $10 as it has so far done.
Called “yellow dragon”, this plague originally detected in Nicaragua is threatening Costa Rica’s orange plantations.
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