Greening disease: Iagro warns about risks when purchasing irregular seedlings in MS – General

Greening disease: Iagro warns about risks when purchasing irregular seedlings in MS – General
Greening disease: Iagro warns about risks when purchasing irregular seedlings in MS – General
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The disease can cause serious problems in the state’s orchards, especially urban and domestic ones.

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Iagro (State Animal and Plant Health Defense Agency) warns rural producers and the general population about the danger of purchasing irregular seedlings, which can cause serious problems in the State’s orchards, especially urban and domestic ones due to the HLB disease, popularly known as greening.

This disease has already caused great damage in other places such as Florida, in the United States, as well as orchards in the states of São Paulo and Paraná, which are the largest orange producers in the country. It has been devastating plantations in different parts of the world.

For this reason, the recommendation is to purchase quality seedlings and combat irregular marketing, as done by street vendors, which can pose imminent risks to the State’s orchards. The disease in citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines and others) has no cure.

“Iagro issues a phytosanitary warning about the risk of buying and planting seedlings without origin, illegally or from street sales. These seedlings have no guarantee of identity or quality for use in domestic or commercial orchards. They represent a serious danger to the state’s orchards. Since the presence of the disease that has no cure, known as HLB or greening, has already caused havoc in other places”, said Glaucy Ortiz, plant health inspection and defense manager at Iagro.

To avoid these contaminations, she highlighted that the recommendation is clear to small and medium-sized producers. “Acquire quality seedlings and avoid irregularities, especially from street vendors, so as not to pose risks to our orchards. Producers stay alert, monitor their orchards and carry out the control recommended by the authorities.”

Citrus farming in Mato Grosso do Sul has increased its importance and helped in the diversification of the state’s agricultural production. The State currently has 2,000 hectares of lemon, orange and tangerine planting, with plans to expand by another 1,800 (hectares), considering the cultivation areas in the production units, which are registered with Iagro.

The article is in Portuguese

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