Panama Restricts Entry of Citrus Plants

Health authorities have restricted the entry to the country of citrus plants to prevent an outbreak of Huanglongbing.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The recent emergence of the disease in Nicaragua alerted authorities who restricted the entry of plants from the United States, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Prensa.com adds, "The productive areas are being toured for early detection of the pest, which has no cure and is housed in the vascular channels of the trees, said Gisela Tapia, coordinator of the Regional International Health (OIRSA) fruit chain".

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Protection Against Citrus Pests and Diseases

May 2013

On May 30 a workshop will be held in Guatemala on the importance of production of certified citrus plants in protected nurseries.

From a press release by the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT):

This and other topics will be given in the seminar-workshop entitled "The importance of production of certified citrus plants in protected nurseries", which is being organized by the Citrus committee at AGEXPORT.

Playing it Safe with Citrus Pests

March 2013

Given the great threat to citrus fruits posed by the Huanglongbing plague, a project is being planned to strengthen control of the pest and for the implementation of integrated pest management for citrus fruits.

From a statement from the International Regional Organization for Animal Health (OIRSA):

Citrus Protection Program

December 2012

With an investment of $6 million a program will be developed in Central America to control pests affecting citrus fruits.

The technical cooperation agreement signed between the International International Organization for Regional Specialized Health in Agrifood (OIRSA in Spanish) and the Republic of China (Taiwan), focuses on fighting the most destructive pests affecting citrus fruits: Huanglongbing (HLB).

Plague Threatens Central American Citrus

September 2009

The Huanglonbing virus (HLB) attacks persian and key Lime trees, orange, grapefruit and tangerine.

Countries from the region are designing a strategy to prevent the outbreak of the virus, also known as Greenning's Disease.

Gisela Tapia is an expert from Oirsa, the Regional Agriculture Health Organism.

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