Notice - Citrus Nursery Owners and Growers
Notice to Citrus Nursery Owners, Potential Nursery Owners and Citrus Growers
All nursery owners and growers are notified of the following:
1) Currently, there are no certified citrus nurseries in Belize. It is against the laws of Belize to produce citrus trees in a nursery that is not certified. Nursery owners are reminded that since the discovery of Huanglongbing (HLB), a very serious bacterial disease of citrus, all citrus plants must now be produced under psyllid-proof screen (the psyllid is the insect that spreads the HLB disease) in accordance with S.I. 122 of 2009 - laws of Belize.
2) Before establishing a citrus nursery owners must complete an application for submission to the Citrus Research and Education Institute (CREI). This will register the nursery under the Belize Citrus Certification Programme (BCCP) as mandated under Chapter 211 of the Laws of Belize. Application forms are available at the Citrus Research and Education Institute (CREI). Upon receipt of the completed application form and the non-refundable fee of BZ$100.00, an inspection of the proposed site will be conducted to determine whether the site meets the requirements under the regulations for nursery establishment.
3) Nursery owners wishing to establish their own budwood source trees are also required to submit a completed application form registering budwood multiplication blocks under the Belize Citrus Certification Programme (BCCP) in accordance with the Regulations. Application forms are available at the Citrus Research and Education Institute (CREI).
4). All local seed source trees to be used for citrus nursery production must also be registered under the Belize Citrus Certification Programme (BCCP). Application forms can be acquired from the Citrus Research and Education Institute (CREI).
5) Growers wishing to purchase citrus plants should ensure that the plants originate from a certified nursery. This will ensure that the plants they are buying are of the highest possible quality available in Belize, are produced using high quality seeds and budwood and have minimum risk of being infected with diseases such as tristeza virus, exocotis, psorosis, cachexia or HLB. Young trees infected with HLB are likely to die within 6 months or two years after planting.
Do not plant diseases: use healthy plants in your grove!
For further information about the Belize Citrus Certification Progamme, screen-house structures for small and large-scale nurseries and to find out how CREI staff can help you establish a nursery that will produce high quality plants, kindly contact us at 522-3535.
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