Costa Rica Declares Banana Plant Pests an Emergency Situation

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) of Costa Rica today declared a state of emergency due to two pests that are affecting some 24,000 hectares of banana cultivation.

    The decree is due to the increased incidence of Flake “Diaspis boisduvalii” and cochineal “Pseudococcus elisae” that cause black spots on bananas, which affecting output ratio explained the SFE in a statement.

    “The biggest risk we face is that importing countries impose restrictions, including the return shipping or the market close, bringing serious consequences, minus commercial credibility to the country,” said the director of SFE, Magda González.

    The emergency declaration will allow the rapid distribution of Bifenthrin Buprofezin to help mitigate the effects of pests and will be exclusively distributed to affected producers.

    As indicated by the SFE, the pests have increased as a result of the changes introduced in the Caribbean climate, which is the main banana-growing area of ​​the country.

    Corbana data indicates that banana production in Costa Rica is concentrated in the province of Limón (Caribbean), in a total of 41,200 acres, and employs about 40,000 people directly and 100,000 indirectly, representing 60% of the workforce in the area.

    Bananas are one of the main agricultural products of Costa Rica with annual exports of $500 million.

    About half of the product is aimed at the EU and the other half to the United States, and in small percentages to other markets such as China, Russia and the Middle East. (EFE)

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