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Citizens celebrates that their contribution of 500,000 euros to Plant Health has allowed to control the plague of 'xylella fastidiosa' (02/11/2018)

"Prevention is key and was necessary after the occurrence of cases in Alicante and Almeria," says regional deputy Luis Fernandez

Citizens has proven today on the ground the success of his contribution of 500,000 euros in the last budget for the reinforcement of the Plant Health service, which has allowed to control possible outbreaks of 'xylella fastidiosa', the feared 'Ebola of the olive tree', in the Region.

The orange regional deputy Luis Fernandez has visited this morning the La Tercia de Ulea farm in Moratalla with the Minister of Agriculture, Miguel Ángel del Amor, to check the work to keep this plague at bay, to the point that has not yet been detected not a single case in the Region.

Detected for the first time in Spain in 2016, xylella threatened regional vine, olive, fruit and citrus crops after several cases were detected in the neighboring province of Alicante in June 2017.

Luis Fernández has shown his satisfaction "because once again it is demonstrated that prevention is essential to avoid disasters." In 2016, the first cases of xylella were known in the Balearic Islands, and from Citizens we were very clear that we had to act to prevent it from spreading to our region, so in the 2017 budgets we allocate 400,000 euros for the fight against this plague, to which add the 500,000 contributed this year. "In his opinion, this reinforcement was" absolutely necessary after the appearance of several cases in the province of Alicante, and even in the Almerian town of El Ejido ".

So far only 10 suspicious notices have been received in olive, almond and polygala that after the relevant analyzes have turned out to be negative.

Likewise, 186 surveys have been carried out in farms and nurseries with more than 800 samples taken and processed through the Agri-Food and Animal Health Laboratory (Laysa).

Of the 500,000 euros, 200,000 have been invested to carry out analytical tests, explorations and preventive treatments in the areas affected by the hail, while the other 300,000 will be destined for possible compensation to farmers in the event that a focus and having to start the plantations, as established in the community regulations.

Recently, a program of new emerging pests has been approved with the Murcian Institute for Agricultural Research and Development and Food (Imida), which includes research actions against Xylella to prevent it by early detection, focusing on the actions of the plant species of greatest importance. risk

Source: Ciudadanos Región de Murcia

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