Costa Rica News – The augment of insect communities within banana crops has recently brought Costa Rican regulators to declare a state of phytosanitary crisis for 1 annum, compelling accelerated imports of bags laced with Bifenthrin and Buprofezin to minimize impact.
A release out of the Ministry of Agriculture’s State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) claimed that the effect connected with Boisduval scales and banana mealybugs spanned 24,000 hectares of plantations within the country’s Atlantic region, from Talamanca to Sarapiqui.
The destruction due to these types of pests within bananas might be aesthetic, however the spots they create upon banana fingers can easily result in rejections in packing plants, leading to what SFE portrays as “serious economic harm” for farmers.
“The biggest risk that we face is that importing countries impose restrictions, including the return of shipments or market closure, bringing serious consequences and reducing the country’s commercial credibility,” SFE service director Magda González mentioned within a release.
“Previously, special permits were provided for the importation of a certain amount of bags, but the situation continues to worsen, which is why it was decided to resort to a state of emergency,” included SFE Regional Operations Department head Elizabeth Ramirez.”
The mitigation system additionally consists of integrated management and control of pests, including biological controls.
According to Costa Rica Foreign Trade Promoter (PROCOMER), the nation transported US$594 million worth of bananas between the months of January to October.