The National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa) stated that Piura continues to export bananas in a fluid manner. In the first five months of the year, the agency has certified 38,917 tons of bananas produced in this region, where there are more than 17,000 hectares of banana crops. This phytosanitary certification guarantees the product complies with sanitary and phytosanitary requirements.
During the first part of the year, Piura shipped its bananas to the United States, Germany, Belgium, Canada, South Korea, Finland, Italy, Japan, and the Netherlands.
The state of phytosanitary emergency declared by Senasa due to the presence of the Fusarium Tropical Race 4 in Piura has strengthened the articulation of actions between the different actors of the banana and plantain production chain -such as producers, traders, processors, transporters, associations, and local governments- that have come together in a Regional Command to prevent the spread of the plague to other producing areas of the country.
The key to containing the spread of this pest is the implementation of biosecurity measures in plantain and banana fields; measures that producers must execute under the technical guidelines of Senasa:
Producers must not transfer or plant banana or plantain suckers and corms that do not have Senasa certification.
They must establish a single point of entry and exit to the fields.
They must implement footbaths (with disinfectant solution) at each access point.
Producers must exclusively use a set of tools in the field and disinfecting them after each day.
The crews of workers must only work in certain fields and not move from plot to plot.
They must avoid bathing in irrigation canals after working in the fields.
The Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation of Peru, through Senasa, will continue to direct actions in the field, in coordination with the authorities, organizations, and independent banana and plantain producers throughout the country to maintain agro-exports and contribute to the sector's economic dynamism.