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Spain: AVA-ASAJA calls for the cold treatment of South African citrus fruits to avoid the entry of a pest that would cause average losses of 26% of production

AVA-ASAJA reclama el tratamiento en frío a los cítricos sudafricanos para evitar la entrada de una plaga que causaría pérdidas medias del 26% de la producción
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South Africa
Nov 22, 2021
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The Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA) claims to the Standing Committee of Plants, Animals and Feed (SCoPAFF) that in the session next Friday it approves, as recommended by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the obligation for the citrus shipments from South Africa destined for the European Union apply the Cold Treatment.
AVA-ASAJA warns, based on a study by EFSA itself, that cold treatment is a fundamental tool to prevent the entry of Thaumatotibia leucotreta (false moth) into Europe that would cause average production losses of 26 %, being able to exceed 50% in the worst case. Other crops that could be affected by the introduction of this quarantine pest are fruit trees, especially stone fruits with average losses that would reach 19%, exceeding 44% in the worst case, or avocado that could reach suffer a decrease in production of 21%. The agrarian organization also includes a report from the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Union that concludes that Thaumatotibia leucotreta is the third pest with the greatest global impact, located behind Xylella fastidiosa and Popillia japonica, and that it would have an impact on agriculture. 1,200 million in production losses, 1,900 million in export value losses and the destruction of nearly 27,000 direct jobs (pruners, phytosanitary treatments, ...
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