US lifts ban on exports of fruit and vegetables from most regions
Santo Domingo.- The United States Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has lifted the ban on exports of fruit and vegetables from Santo Domingo province and the National District that host the Mediterranean fruit fly, the Agriculture Ministry announced Thursday.
United States Department of Agriculture deputy administrator of phytosanitary issues, Osama el-Lissy, posted the information, contained in federal order number DA-2016-51 issuing 10 August 2016,.
“APHIS evaluated the production practices and reports reading traps and activities of the eradication program implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, and determined that the provinces of Santo Domingo and the National District, can be added to the list of provinces from where they can export products to the United States that host the Mediterranean Fly,” the US official said.
The APHIS adds that there has never been captures in Santo Domingo province and only one in the National District in the first week of May 2015.
The Agriculture Ministry added that there are currently nearly 200 hectares of exportable fruits and vegetables in Santo Domingo and the National District, especially papayas and peppers.
Ban still in effect in the East
The ban however, is still in effect for La Altagracia, La Romana, El Seibo, Hato Mayor, San Pedro and Monte Plata, the eastern provinces where the outbreak first occurred.
Aug 13, 2016
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