Bananas in Guatemala: Government to Fumigate Plantations

Congress approved a decree obliging the Ministry of Agriculture to fumigate banana and plantain plantations.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Decree 7-2020 approved the Law for the Protection of Banana and Plantain Crops in the Republic of Guatemala, a law that, in addition to protecting banana crops, also promotes the economic development of the banana sector, Congress reported in a press release.

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Lahora.gt reviews that "... The law establishes that part of the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA) will be destined to fumigation campaigns in banana and plantain plantations, to combat the Fusarium R4T or Fusarium oxysporum Raza 4T (FOC R4T) fungus and other pests that affect this product."

The article adds that "... The regulations also provide that the State shall coordinate controls at customs, ports and airports to prevent products contaminated by this fungus from entering the country. In the case of customs, the products leaving the country shall also be checked and disinfected."

Central American banana producers have been on the alert, as in early August 2019 Colombian authorities confirmed the presence of Fusarium R4T, in a limited area of 175 hectares located in the department of Guajira.

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