Plague Hits 70% of Potato Plantations in Honduras
The situation affects approximately 3,500 acres of potato plantations in the west of the country.
Monday, August 2, 2010
The disease is a potato psyllid known as paratrioza and "comes from the USA via Mexico and Guatemala," comments Cristino Melgar from the Honduran Agricultural Research Foundation.
Against the spread of the 'tar spot' pest, agricultural authorities initiated technical assistance programs.
Lack of rain has reduced yield at corn, bean and sorghum plantations.
Some intense rains after prolonged droughts have negatively affected 1.345 hectares of rice plantations.
"Bajo Lempa" and "Bajo Jiboa" were the most affected by Tropical Storm Ida, according to preliminary reports.
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