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Ecuador: Agrocalidad buried onions that had been affected by pests

The Ecuadorian Agency for Agro Quality Assurance, Agrocalidad, buried 1,200 bags of onions seized in recent days, after detecting various pests that threaten crops in Loja and Ecuador.

Randy Rivera, Agrocalidad's Provincial Coordinator, reported that they had found pests, such as fruit flies, larvae, and even a fungus and a bacterium in the confiscated items that could put the crops in the area at risk. "These three pests are a risk for our production."

He said that, based on the Plant Protection Act, the onions had been buried to prevent the spread of pests. "124 tonnes were buried in the landfill." He also said that these products had previously been seized in four vehicles with forged papers for which there was an ongoing administrative process.

He said that Agrocalidad and other control entities had performed more than 30 operations so far and had seized 300 tonnes of rice, 5,000 sacks of onions, coconuts, mangoes, etc.


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