Alerting for Increased Crop Pests

Because of the dry season and the rise in temperature, Costa Rica expects an increase in pests in crops such as melon, watermelon, courgette, chili, tomato, beans and cucumbers, among others.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) informed that the climatic conditions foreseen for the coming months are associated with the El Niño-Southern Oscillation phenomenon.

Crhoy.com reviews that "... According to previous experiences, in cases of drought in the Central and North Pacific, there have been problems with the increase of field rat and flying lobster that affect a wide variety of crops."

See "Agrochemicals market figures up to 1st Semester"

The article adds that "... In addition, insects increase in crops such as melon and watermelon, which are mainly attacked by thrips, aphids and whiteflies. Also, populations of the psyllid Diaphorina citri, vector of Huanglongbing, a disease known as citrus HLB or Yellow Dragon, could be increased."

On the other hand, the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) reported that in December it began to release Orius insidiosus, a beneficial insect predator of thrips, a pest that affects several crops.

See SFE press release.

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From a press release by the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE):

The State Phytosanitary Service of the Ministry of Agriculture has declared a national emergency for the term of one year, due to increasing populations with the Diaspis boisduvalii and Pseudococcus elisae mealybug which are causing severe damage to banana crops. It is estimated that the impact has affected about 24 thousand hectares, according to data provided by CORBANA and the National Commission of Musaceae.

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The State Health Service (SFE), from the Ministry of Agriculture, "announced that it will take urgent preventive measures, such as the establishment of a four-mile cordon around the affected farm to prevent the disease from spreading," says Prensalibre.com.

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