Citrus Fruits: Disease Outbreaks Detected

Salvadoran authorities have determined that the disease attacking citrus plantations, called Huanglongbing, could be present in crops in Santa Ana, Ahuachapán, La Libertad and La Paz.

Friday, February 28, 2020

After the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) declared a state of phytosanitary emergency on February 19, it was reported that the disease specifically attacks lemons, oranges, tangerines, grapefruits and limes, in addition to the ornamental plant Murraya paniculata, commonly known as myrtle or jasmine.

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Medardo Lizano, general director of Plant Health of MAG, told Elmundo.sv that "... After the declaration of a phytosanitary emergency a week ago, the Ministry of Agriculture began a series of diagnoses to determine the magnitude of the pest and, although the results are unknown, the institution has already identified four sources of contamination."

The article adds that "... The identified points are located between the border of El Salvador and Guatemala in Santa Ana and Ahuachapán, in addition to small outbreaks in San Juan Opico, La Libertad, and in San Pedro Nonualco, La Paz."

The disease only affects the plantations, it does not put human or animal health at risk. In addition, the fruits do not represent a risk of contagion, the only forms of transmission are by the vector, by grafting infected buds and/or transporting diseased plants.

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