The National Director of Plant Health of the Ministry of Agricultural Development, Olegh Aguilar, stated that the United States had eased the requirements for the entry of cucurbits (melon, watermelon, and pumpkin) to its territory from Panama. These exports had a degree of control after the Anastrepha grandis fly was detected in the territory between Chepo and Darien a few years ago.
According to Aguilar, a delegation of the United States Department of Agriculture, at its diplomatic headquarters in Panama, notified the government that the shipment of cucurbits to the US would no longer be so strict and wouldn't require timely reports, as it used to.
This advance after no specimen of this pest was detected in the control traps in the area after 68 consecutive months.
According to the National Director of Plant Health, this measure will strengthen this export window to the United States market, especially in the upcoming period, when the county exports the most to that destination.