Flying Locust: Emergency Declared in Guatemala

Since the pest represents a threat and is capable of destroying crops in a very short time, moving large distances in one day, a state of phytosanitary emergency was declared in the country due to a significant increase in the number of flying locusts.

Friday, July 24, 2020

A few days ago, Guatemalan authorities reported that the first outbreaks were recorded in the departments of Jutiapa and Petén. Now, the Ministry of Agriculture, decided to decree a state of phytosanitary emergency.

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Ministerial Agreement No. 127-2020, which decrees an emergency throughout the national territory, was published in the July 24 edition of the Diario de Centroamérica.

According to Article 3 of the document, the Specific Commission is to be formed to deal with the plague. The Commission will have to define general operational guidelines to address the state of phytosanitary emergency.

The crops that are most affected by this pest are corn, beans, sorghum, soybeans, peanuts, sugarcane, chili, tomatoes, citrus, bananas, coconuts, mangoes and also pastures.

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