Colombia Confirms Presence of Banana Pest

Authorities of the South American country confirmed the presence of Fusarium R4T, in a limited area of 175 hectares in the department of Guajira.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Weeks ago, 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, 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 Raza 4 Tropical.

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From the Colombian Agricultural Institute statement:

Bogotá, August 08, 2019. After the corresponding laboratory analyses, in view of the suspected presence of the Fusarium R4T fungus, which was identified in June; and having implemented a series of robust measures to address the situation from the outset, confirmation has been received of the presence of the Fusarium R4T in La Guajira, in a limited area of 175 hectares, of which 168.5 have been eradicated to date. The above, within the framework of the precautionary measures that the ICA has adopted in conjunction with the productive sector.
 
Faced with this confirmation, the ICA is issuing today, the Resolution declaring an Emergency of a national nature, endorsing and expanding the early warning measures and contingency plan already implemented by the ICA since June 11, it is necessary to expand phytosanitary surveillance measures throughout the national territory, the import of disinfectants that will be used by the productive sector and will facilitate the administrative actions of the case.
 
The declaration of national emergency is issued in order to increase controls and have additional measures to address the situation in the affected area and mitigate the risk of contagion to other regions. The National Emergency does not mean that there is an affectation in other areas of the country.

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