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Nov 28, 2019

Plantings Importation Prohibited to Prevent Exposure to TR4

Margarito Garcia

Another measure that BAHA has taken is to prohibit the importation of plantains. According to Garcia, this is a critical part of making sure that the disease doesn’t get into the country.

 

Margarito Garcia, Technical Director (Quarantine), BAHA

“Right now, in respect to prevention of TR4 which is the Fusarium Oxysporum, there is complete prohibition right now with planting material. In the event that that would be lifted, the plant health department would have to go through a process where they would have to apply for an import permit; a risk analysis would have to be done to determine if it can come in or not and based on the results of risk analysis, then the permit will be issued. If that is to happen, it would have to be from certified seed producers. We encourage people moving in and out our borders to please refrain from bringing any planting material that has to do with plantings and bananas and even ornamentals as heliconia because these are also affected by the fungus.”

 

Garcia says that their set up in the airport aimed at intercepting suspected items, which are then confiscated and incinerated in necessary.


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