Monday, September 25, 2017

Citrus Greening Disease has been confirmed in T&T


Citrus Greening Disease has been confirmed in several parts of Trinidad and Tobago, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

The disease also known as Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) is caused by an insect-spread bacterial infection and affects all types of citrus.

A release from the Ministry said the disease has now been declared a reportable disease, making it mandatory that cases be reported to the Ministry.

The Ministry has now embarked upon a public awareness campaign, which has started in Tobago.

The campaign will include surveillance operations to determine levels of HLB pathogenicity in the island. Training in new nursery management protocols and best management practices for citrus greening will also be factored into this exercise, the Ministry stated.

Citrus Greening Disease presents the greatest threat to the citrus industry in Trinidad and Tobago, some 1,200 acres. HLB has devastated millions of citrus orchards in Asia, America and the Caribbean, notably Jamaica and Belize.

The disease reduces yields and compromises the flavor, color and the size of the citrus fruit before killing the citrus tree.