Potato Shortage in Honduras Due to Pest

Regional health authorities reported that 100% of potato production in Honduras is affected by a plague known as "Paratrioza."

Monday, December 13, 2010

According to Guillermo Cruz, representative of the International Regional Organization, the lower production caused by the plague increases prices, adding that "what little is left is extremely expensive."

Cruz told Proceso.hn that, "the shortage of potatoes will require to import the produce and there is no sanitary control by national authorities.”

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Costa Rica: Return of Industrial Potatoes from US

February 2016

Agricultural authorities have announced that the definition and implementation of phytosanitary protocols allow industrial potatoes to come in from the US once again.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture:

2019/2020 - 60 - 54 - 114 The State Phytosanitary Service (SFE), at the Ministry of Agriculture (MAG), announced that the importation of potatoes for industrial use, originating in the United States, could reopen in the next few months due to implementation of phytosanitary protocols to minimize risk of introducing the plague "Zebra chip", which Costa Rica is free of.

The potato: Another Fat Son of Protectionism

April 2015

Costa Rican industry is paying 33% more for potato tubers because of a scarcity in the market, resulting in a call for a reduction of import tariffs.

In the country the high price of potatoes for industrial use compared to prices in other markets is already old news.

Now the Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industry (Cacia) is asking for the tariff, which currently stands at 46%, to be lowered, in order to import at a reasonable cost and in this way deal with local shortages.

Plague Hits 70% of Potato Plantations in Honduras

August 2010

The situation affects approximately 3,500 acres of potato plantations in the west of the country.

The disease is a potato psyllid known as paratrioza and "comes from the USA via Mexico and Guatemala," comments Cristino Melgar from the Honduran Agricultural Research Foundation.

Oranges Threatened by Virus

June 2009

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

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.

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