Thanks to the joint work between the productive sectors and the Argentine authorities, Argentina has been able to significantly reduce the carpocapsa plague (Cydia pomonella) in Northern Patagonia's pear and apple production, which had put the country's pome exports to Brazil at risk because of its high incidence.
The implementation of a work plan increasing the presence of Senasa technical teams in the Upper and Middle Valleys resulted in a drastic decrease in the interceptions of live larvae of carpocapsa at the Brazilian border. "Having a greater presence of technical teams on the ground has allowed us to experience a season with no major problems and to maintain one of the main destination markets for the production of Northern Patagonia," stated Minister Luis Basterra.
“The teams visited 100% of the establishments. Those that did not comply with the protocols were not allowed to export. Nearly 12% of all the establishments were not allowed to export. Another 19% received observations that had to be corrected before the harvest," the ministry stated.
In addition, authorities carried out a higher percentage of sampling and fruit cutting in the instances that Senasa directly intervenes: the authorization of processed batches and pre-shipment authorizations.
In addition, authorities implemented a process and documentary audit program that allowed detecting irregularities and lack or loss of traceability, which led to the temporary suspension of 16 packages. Moreover, there was also a better bilateral relationship. In February, the president of Senasa, Carlos Paz, met with Brazilian health authorities and reached agreements that strengthened communication at different official levels.