Ecuador decided to reinforce actions at border crossings to prevent the arrival of the Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 (Foc R4T) to the country after Peru confirmed the presence of this fungus on a banana farm in their territory and declared a national phytosanitary emergency.
The Agency for the Regulation of Phytosanitary and Zoosanitary Control (Agrocalidad) indicated on Monday, April 12, 2021, that it had redoubled prevention measures, such as disinfection of vehicles and passers-by, on the southern border. The entity also stated that, due to the COVID-19 health emergency, there were mobility restrictions on the southern border and restricted passage of passers-by.
Ecuadorian public institutions have been promoting actions for the prevention, detection, and control of Foc R4T, such as the control of international passengers and their luggage, the disinfection of passenger footwear and cargo vehicles at checkpoints, the disinfection of the containers that arrive in the country, and the implementation of biosecurity measures in the production fields.
We are Alert!
On April 13, 2021, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), in conjunction with Agrocalidad, and the German Technical Cooperation GIZ Ecuador, launched the 'We Are Alert!' campaign within the framework of the Sustainable Banana Project. The goal of this initiative is to inform and sensitize the different actors of the banana sector to prevent the Foc R4T from reaching Ecuador.