After the presence of mandarins with leaf was detected in the Mar del Plata market in recent weeks, the Citrus Federation of Entre Ríos (Fecier) has announced that it will file a criminal complaint in defense of the province's citrus production.
The organism recalled that it is not allowed to transport or market fruits with leaf in the entire national territory, based on the provisions of Senasa resolution 165/13. This, among other things, is intended to prevent the spread of the Huanglongbing pest (HLB).
"A lot of time and resources are being invested to ensure the development of citrus growing in Entre Ríos," said the Federation in a statement.
HLB is a disease that affects the fruit, which turns bitter and misshapen. It is caused by the bacterium Candidatus liberibacter, and is considered the most destructive of citrus diseases, the provincial government said in a statement.
Citrus production is considered the main economic engine of the northeast of Entre Ríos, generating more than 25,000 direct jobs, according to official data.
In this sense, the Fecier stressed that "the vast majority of citrus producers in Entre Ríos comply with the prevention measures." In contrast, infringements such as the recent one lead to "increased costs and lost price opportunities, which entails a loss of competitiveness."