The Ministry of Agriculture held a meeting with hundreds of producers and experts from the agricultural sector, and representatives of tomato processing agro-industries to formalize Resolution No.2018-45, which orders a ban on whitefly host crops (Bemisia tabaci Genn) and Trips.
The Vice Minister of Agricultural Production and Marketing led the activity on behalf of his superior, Minister Limber Cruz. At the meeting, the official informed that the ban will begin in the southern region on July 1 and will end on September 30.
According to Ramirez, the ordinance establishes that the ban applies to industrial tomato crops, eggplant, beans, melon, watermelon, cucumber, molondrón, peppers, pumpkin, cotton, tobacco, musú/luffa, squash, bitter gourd/melon, and zucchini.
About the ban
The ban is a period in which it is not allowed to plant host crops of whitefly, viruses, and other pests in traditional areas of contamination of these items, which manages to break the life cycle of the whitefly, transmitter of viral diseases, and lowers virulent populations. The ban’s implementation is reinforced by crop elimination operations during the period from July to September in the South and Southwest regions of the country.