Agriculture: Emergency by Giant African Snail

Following the detection of an outbreak of giant African snail in Costa Rica, in the community of Curubande in the canton of Liberia in Guanacaste, local authorities declared a National Phytosanitary Emergency.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The objective of this declaration is to prevent the spread of the plague, putting at risk the national agriculture, public health and the environment, informed the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE).

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From the SFE press release:

June 15, 2021. Following the detection of an outbreak of giant African snail (A. fulica), in the community of Curubande, in the canton of Liberia in Guanacaste, and in order to prevent its spread, putting at risk the national agriculture, public health and the environment, the Costa Rican Government decreed a National Phytosanitary State of Emergency. Parallel to this action, it also proposed a regional emergency declaration to the International Regional Organization for Plant and Animal Health (OIRSA), which was accepted by this organization, declaring a regional emergency last week, according to Fernando Araya Alpízar, director of the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE).

The national decree Nº 43001-MAG indicates that it is necessary to integrate and define the responsibilities and functions of the competent public entities to provide a solution according to the magnitude of the situation, because of the threat it represents. "With the actions carried out to date, we have managed to contain the mollusk in a specific area in Curubande. However, due to the risks and in order to have greater scope and capacity, it is necessary to declare a national and regional emergency," added Araya.



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