Banana Plague: Panama Imposes Restrictions

Because of the suspected presence of the pest known as "fusarium wilt" in Colombia, authorities in Panama banned the entry of materials derived from plantains and bananas from any country.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The government reinforced quarantine control measures at airports, ports and borders, and categorically prohibited the entry into the country of any plantain or banana material suspected of carrying the fungus, according to the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA).

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From the MIDA statement:

Reinforcing quarantine control measures at airports, ports and borders and categorically prohibiting the entry into the country of any plantain and banana material that could carry the fearsome fungus Fusarium oxisporum, recently detected in the La Guajira area of Colombia, is part of the immediate measures of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), to prevent it from entering the country and causing major damage to this important activity.

The National Director of Plant Health, Olegth Aguilar, said that producers and consumers should be reassured because there is a responsible institution that is taking all necessary measures to prevent the entry of this fungus that would be devastating to the country.

This is a disease caused by the fungus Fusarium cubense, destructive race, which was first detected in Taiwan in 1990, and is capable of destroying all forms of banana and plantain, which are known.

Read full statement (In Spanish).



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