Brazil's main orange state SP reports blackfly|
Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:35pm EDT
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil main orange belt in the state of Sao Paulo
reported its first cases of citrus blackfly in several municipalities, the state
agriculture secretariat said on Monday.
Brazil is the world's largest producer of frozen concentrated orange juice.
It is unlikely the presence of the blackfly pest will prompt sanitary
restriction from importing countries as most of it shipments occur in the form
of processed FCOJ and not whole fruit.
But the pest can sap up to 80 percent of a trees fruit bearing potential in
"We still can't say what it will do because it is exotic in Sao Paulo. In
other states, it doesn't cause losses directly to production... but Sao Paulo is
a different situation, we'll have to see how it adapts to Sao Paulo," Mario
Tomazela, director of plant health in Sao Paulo, told Reuters.
The blackfly attacks the leaves of the citrus plant draining the sap from
them and reducing a tree's yield. It has been registered in other states such as
Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao, Para, Goias and Tocantins, all in Brazil's northern
and center-west regions closer to the Equator.
Sao Paulo accounts for about 95 percent of Brazil juice exports.
The agriculture secretariat is imposing restrictions on the handling of
citrus fruit in the affected regions of the state.
(Reporting by Roberto Samora; Writing by Reese Ewing)
Original article: Reuters
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