Once HLB-greening disease is in a territory there is only one recognized method of producing a plant not infected with the disease. That is, to produce it in a nursery that is screened so as to prevent the disease's vector, the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), from feeding on the plants.
According to SI No. 122 of 2009, signed by the Minister of Agriculture on 26th October 2009, all nurseries in Belize, that produce citrus trees must be screened with a BAHA approved structure, from the 1st February 2010. Additionally, nursery operation must also adhere to the BCCP (Belize Citrus Certification Programme) nursery regulations and guidelines. Nursery inspectors authorized by BAHA will be making regular checks for adherence to the BCCP requirements and for the presence of ACP (nymphs and adults) on nursery plants. Any nurseries found with ACP will be subject to quarantine restrictions.
The revised regulations that relate to nurseries - as a result of the presence of HLB in our industry - will be under development by BAHA in the coming months and producers will be consulted and kept informed as this process progresses. CREI will collaborate with BAHA and updates as they become available will be posted under the News section of this website.