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.
On May 30 a workshop will be held in Guatemala on the importance of production of certified citrus plants in protected nurseries.
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.
With an investment of $6 million a program will be developed in Central America to control pests affecting citrus fruits.
The Huanglonbing virus (HLB) attacks persian and key Lime trees, orange, grapefruit and tangerine.
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