In 2021, the Government of the Principality of Asturias will lift the ban it imposed on potato cultivation four years ago to eradicate the Guatemalan moth plague (Tecia solanivora) in the region. The ban will be lifted throughout the Asturian territory, except in the councils of San Tirso de Abres and Vegadeo, both bordering Galicia, which will act as a phytosanitary barrier against the focus of the Galician municipality of Trabada.
The regions of Castropol, Cudillero, Navia, Pravia, Taramundi, and Valdes will be considered buffer zones; in other words, producers can once again cultivate potatoes, but they must notify authorities of their plantations to facilitate phytosanitary monitoring.
The general director of Rural Development and Agricultural Food, Begoña Lopez, recently had a virtual meeting with the general director of Agricultural Production Health, Valentín Almansa, and the general director of Livestock, Agriculture and Agrifood Industries of the Xunta de Galicia, Jose Balseiros, to define the measures to eradicate this pest. After analyzing the data collected via the trapping network in crops and warehouses, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food has approved the proposal of the Government of Asturias, agreed with Galicia.
The Principality will maintain the trapping network it already has in place to continue monitoring the possible presence of moths, both in areas where potato cultivation is prohibited and in areas where the pest has been eradicated. The agreed measures will enter into force as of their publication in the Official Gazette of the Principality (BOPA), next January.