Oranges Threatened by Virus

The "yellow dragon" plague, which has already created havoc throughout the world, could affect 6,000 hectares of orange farms in Panama.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The insect of the plague was detected in Florida, U.S.A. and has already arrived in Belize. The threat of the plague, which could affect more than 1,000 Panamanian producers, caused the Department of Farm Development (MIDA) to declare a phytosanitary emergency. The director of vegetable health at MIDA, Ariel Espino, told that "they have closed the borders to incoming plants processed from the U.S., mainly from Florida, in addition to those from Brazil and the Caribbean islands where the insect has also wreaked havoc."

Additionally, the president of the Panamanian Association of Exporters (APEX), Máximo Gallardo, indicated that "the necessary measures should be taken since it would very difficult for local producers to confront a plague of this magnitude."

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