Actions to deal with pests and diseases

Giant snail

In Puerto Suárez and Puerto Quijarro, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, the National Agricultural Health and Food Safety Service, with support from IICA, implemented actions to control of the giant African snail (Lissachatina fulica). Talks were also given on the risks posed by the pest and another 1500 people were briefed directly.

Ticks, bovine piroplasmosis, and paratuberculosis

In Uruguay, animal health capabilities were strengthened by holding technical events on these pests and diseases. Support was also provided to increase surveillance systems, characterize emergency response capabilities, and carry out risk analysis. Assistance was received from Minnesota, Davis, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Ohio State and other U.S. universities.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza

More than 500 people in the Caribbean participated in workshops held to promote biosafety on farms, to reduce the risks of avian influenza in the region.

Frosty pod rot disease

CAB International confirmed the presence in Jamaica of Moniliophthora roreri, a fungus that causes frosty pod rot in cacao. In response, a training program was organized involving the Cocoa Industry Board and several entities of the country’s Ministry of Industry, Trade, Agriculture and Fisheries. Support was provided by the Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) and Peru’s SENASA, which helped to identify and develop strategies for protecting national and regional cocoa production.

Carambola fruit fly

Authorities in Guyana, Suriname, and Brazil exchanged knowledge related to continuous surveillance plans for the carambola fruit fly, and discussed new projects to continue monitoring the situation along the three countries’ common borders.

Mollusk pests

Urban, peri-urban and rural communities in the Andean Region, Argentina, and Brazil affected by mollusk pests have more knowledge about their impact and methods for controlling them.

Red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus):

Professionals in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Belize and the Turks and Caicos Islands were trained in surveillance and control techniques for this large weevil that affects crops such as coconut.

Coffee leaf rust

The Central American Programme for Integrated Coffee Leaf Rust Management (PROCAGICA) was launched. Costing 16 million euros and financed by the EU, it will benefit 6000 small coffee producers.