Playing it Safe with Citrus Pests

Given the great threat to citrus fruits posed by the Huanglongbing plague, a project is being planned to strengthen control of the pest and for the implementation of integrated pest management for citrus fruits.

Monday, March 4, 2013

From a statement from the International Regional Organization for Animal Health (OIRSA):

The Government of China (Taiwan) and the OIRSA have signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen technical and financial control of the Citrus Huanglongbing pest and integrated pest management in the region.

The impact of this project on the seven beneficiary countries (except Mexico and Costa Rica), covers 125.752 hectares of citrus, 39 million plants; 33.337 producers; 1.7 million tons of citrus fruit, $217 million in sales per harvest season, $60 billion in exports and 177.524 jobs.

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About 100 thousand plants in the citrus departments north and east of the country have been destroyed by the yellow leaf virus. reports: "Honduras' citrus production covers about 23,000 hectares, of which about 19,500 are oranges, 1.100 lemons and 500 grapefruit in commercial plantations, while the rest are crops in family estates".

Protection Against Citrus Pests and Diseases

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On May 30 a workshop will be held in Guatemala on the importance of production of certified citrus plants in protected nurseries.

From a press release by the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT):

This and other topics will be given in the seminar-workshop entitled "The importance of production of certified citrus plants in protected nurseries", which is being organized by the Citrus committee at AGEXPORT.

Citrus Protection Program

December 2012

With an investment of $6 million a program will be developed in Central America to control pests affecting citrus fruits.

The technical cooperation agreement signed between the International International Organization for Regional Specialized Health in Agrifood (OIRSA in Spanish) and the Republic of China (Taiwan), focuses on fighting the most destructive pests affecting citrus fruits: Huanglongbing (HLB).

Panama Restricts Entry of Citrus Plants

January 2011

Health authorities have restricted the entry to the country of citrus plants to prevent an outbreak of Huanglongbing.

The recent emergence of the disease in Nicaragua alerted authorities who restricted the entry of plants from the United States, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua.