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Mexico: The citrus industry is at risk from attack by the dragon "HLB"
This week the State Committee on Plant Health of Yucatán (Cesvy) posed to local representatives the need for an extraordinary support of $10 million pesos to fight the "yellow dragon", which threatens the local citrus industry.

In a work session of the Commission on Agricultural Development of Congress with leaders of the state committee, the latter reported the activities they are doing to stop the spread of the virus of "yellow dragon", which came to Yucatán in June 2009.

Ricardo Munguía Rosado, Cesvy manager, explained that in registered backyard plantations alone, 12,000 hectares have to be monitored as they are susceptible to this virus.

In total there are more than 20,130 hectares of citrus in the state and they only have about 60 employees to do the job of preventing and combating this virus, which threatens the local citrus industry.

Munguía Rosado said that for this type of work they established 31 routes of 227 locations of the entity, where they perform an average of 30 visits per month.

The PAN Deputy, José Collado Soberanis fully agreed with the urgency to find these extraordinary resources especially if a farm activity that is very productive of which about 12,500 families depend on, is at risk.

Cesvy president, Severo Escobedo Cortés, reported that this organism is composed of 138 producers across the state and 62 of them are working on the program of the "yellow dragon".

To continue this work, he said, an extraordinary support of $10 million pesos is required to fight the bacteria that destroys citrus and has a presence in seven states.

The PRI legislator, Juan José Canul Pérez was also in favor of supporting this work, in which, as has been raised, important progress has been made, and at least they already managed to make much slower the progress of the virus in local citrus.

They noted that in Colima the virus destroyed 60% of the plantations in just six months, and here it was detected since 2009. -David Domínguez Massa

Source: Yucatán

Publication date: 6/21/2011

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