MedFly almost eliminated, but exports still banned
A report in Listin Diario says that despite evidence that MedFly is almost no longer present the Dominican Republic, the export of 18 types of fruit and vegetables to the US will remain subject to a ban until March 2016, a year after restrictions were imposed by the United States Department of Agriculture (APHIS). The ban affected greenhouse producers and dealt a major blow to the farming sector in the Dominican Republic. Exporters have said that MedFly is thought to have entered the country on a flight in transit from Peru due to negligence by the Ministry of Agriculture itself.
The government has dedicated a large amount of resources to the eradication program, details of which can be found in the “Programa Moscamed-RD” report available online on the Ministry of Agriculture web page. The flies were detected in the Punta Cana area and the authorities are expecting the eradication to be completed by March 2016, a year after it was reported and the ban imposed.
Nov 30, 2015
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