Banana Plague Alert

Because of the suspicion that exists in Colombia about the presence of the pest known as "wilt by fusarium", an alert was issued in the countries of Central America.

Monday, July 15, 2019

The International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA), reported that because of the suspicion of the fungus in Colombia, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) issued a resolution on June 25, which declares in phytosanitary quarantine the farm Don Marce, located in the municipality of Riohacha in the department of La Guajira, for the presence of symptoms associated with the pest Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Race 4 tropical.

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From the OIRSA statement:

OIRSA urges its member states - Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic - to join efforts and intensify their biosecurity measures and inspections of products and by-products of plant origin in ports, airports and borders, in order to prevent the spread of fusarium wilt caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (Foc R4T), which would cause innumerable economic losses in the regional banana industry.

Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense race 4 tropical (Foc R4T), is a disease that has destroyed the industry in several countries of Asia and Africa, with millionaire losses and strong impacts to the environment and the export sector. This disease originates in Asia, from where it has spread to countries such as Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Mainland China, Papua New Guinea, Oman, Jordan, Mozambique, Pakistan, Australia, Laos, Vietnam, India, Israel and Myanmar.

Read full statement (In Spanish).



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