Banana: New Fund to Reduce Pests

The Costa Rican government and producers signed an agreement that establishes that any government agency may request resources to carry out national and international activities to prevent or combat any pest that affects banana crops.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Central American banana producers have been on alert for months, as in early August Colombian authorities confirmed the presence of Fusarium R4T, in a limited area of 175 hectares in the department of Guajira.

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From the MAG statement:

On November 12, the Vice President of the Republic, Marvin Rodriguez, together with the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Renato Alvarado Rivera, as well as the President of the National Banana Corporation (CORBANA) Eduardo Gomez presented decree No. 42037 "Fund for the prevention, exclusion and control of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp cubense race 4 tropical and other pests and diseases affecting banana cultivation", which aims to prevent the lethal fungus from reaching Costa Rica.

The decree establishes that the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) or any state agency may request resources to meet the objectives. The fund may also be used to carry out national and international coordination activities with other governments and international organizations.

Read full statement (In Spanish).

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