Banana Plague: Producers Call for More Controls

After the presence of the pest Fusarium R4T in Colombia was confirmed, in Costa Rica the producers' guild asked the authorities to decree a national state of emergency to prevent the entry of the disease into the country.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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

In response to these threats, at the end of August the State Phytosanitary System (SFE) of Costa Rica decided to update the mandatory measures for the import of articles that can be a route of transmission of the fungus.

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Although the authorities have already acted, days ago the National Banana Corporation (Corbana) asked President Carlos Alvarado to declare a state of national emergency.

In the document sent to the President of the Executive, Corbana argues that the plague is "... easily dispersed through the migration of people, plant material, soil residues, machinery, containers, vehicles, water substrates, fibers, handicrafts made with plant fibers, among others; we respectfully appeal to you to request a State of National Emergency to prevent the entry of Foc R4T.

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