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Costa Rica says banana pests under control

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Costa Rica’s national banana corporation Corbana says no signs of Boisduval scale and mealybug infestation have been detected in boxes of bananas packed for export markets.

The information was released despite a recent rise in pest populations in the country's banana farms.

According to general manager Jorge Sauma, reports of the threat to the country’s banana industry have been grossly exaggerated, adding that a state of emergency had only been declared in order to enable growers to import treatments not currently registered for use in Costa Rica.

Source: Fruitnet