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Costa Rica remains on alert to prevent the entry of the Fusarium R4T fungus

San José, Jul 5 (Elpaís.cr) .- The State Phytosanitary Service (SFE), of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica, and the National Banana Corporation (CORBANA) reported that Costa Rica has not received official communication on the presence of the pest Fusarium Oxysporum f. sp. Cuban Race 4 Tropical in Latin America.

In addition, they remember that the country has taken strict measures and has prepared to minimize the risk of entry of the fungus into the national territory, given the impact it could have on the production of musaceae.

“Costa Rica has been working on the prevention of the entry of this pest together with the National Banana Corporation (CORBANA) and the International Regional Agency for Agricultural Health (OIRSA), preparing biosafety protocols, conducting drills, managing disinfection systems in strategic points, to mention some of the measures. Also, we have activated the emergency care team to work preventively, as well as monitoring our plantations, ”said Fernando Araya Alpízar, Director of the SFE.

“All members of the sector are organized, informed and support all the measures that the government has imposed to protect the phytosanitary status of the country,” said Jorge Sauma, General Manager of CORBANA.

As part of the care protocol, decrees, guidelines and procedures have been issued that modify import requirements for various products related to the sector and prohibit the import of some high-risk materials. In addition, training has been provided to officials, plantation workers, technicians, among others, and the review of merchandise and passenger luggage at airports has been intensified.

“All these measures have been taken in a precautionary manner to prevent the entry of the fungus into the country. Costa Rica is prepared, it has high-level professionals, as well as molecular biology laboratories capable of analyzing samples if necessary, ”added the Director of the SFE.

“All research, training and capacity development work has been closely coordinated with CORBANA, which has extended its technical and administrative arm together with the SFE to expand the range of action in the country. And in the process we have been accompanied by the Regional Health Agency, OIRSA, which has been actively participating in prevention processes with all the countries of the region, as well as the Latin American Command (panel of experts from several countries) for income prevention of the Foc R4T ”, detailed the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Renato Alvarado Rivera.

MAG authorities reiterate the call to the entire population, to respect the phytosanitary measures imposed. The responsibility of preventing the entry of this pest belongs to everyone, so the general population is requested not to bring souvenirs or materials from abroad that are made with vegetable fibers (fresh or processed), such as baskets, hats, crafts , bags, or other similar; much less banana plants or leaves or any other mustard.

More rigorous measures are requested from experts and suppliers in the banana sector, especially those who, due to labor responsibilities or other reasons, visit plantations in other countries, are reminded that they must apply the corresponding biosafety measures.

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