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The EP Agriculture Committee adopted the resolution enhancement controls pests on citrus imports | agrodiariohuelva.es

The Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament adopted a resolution presented by Clara Aguilera rejects the amendments that the European Commission intends to introduce controls on imports of citrus from third countries in the current rules of the EU Plant Health.

"It is essential to equip ourselves with effective for the drama of the Xylella fastidiosa, who lives south of Italy, may not play in the citrus groves of Valencia, Andalusia and other EU territories tools," said Aguilera. "If we have learned that lesson, we can not sit idly by while the EC attempts to relax phytosanitary controls on imported citrus from third countries when your destination industry and not fresh consumption" he added.

The Socialist leader recalled that we are talking about such serious pests such as the Black Spot or Citrus Canker and relax the controls is an unnecessary threat facing some risk of contamination and spread them.

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Argentina: Cherry exports from Neuquen to Canada are at risk

The problem began on Tuesday when a shipment of 20,000 kilograms of cherries was rejected at the Ezeiza airport. According to marketers, Senasa did not communicate this new requirement on time.

There was an alert regarding the grapevine moth (Lobesia botrana) that attacks grapes and not cherries. However, Canada unilaterally decided not to accept shipments of all fruits until they have been treated.

The decision was taken as part of the demands made by the CFIA, Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The measure generated uncertainty among producers who had begun to ship to that country, as well as to Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.

The shipment belongs to some eight establishments in the region, especially of San Patricio del Chañar and Centenario, which produce high quality cherries that are free of the fruit fly. That's why Canada's decision to restrict shipments was surprising.

After the shipments had been rejected, the only solution offered by the Canadian agency was that the fruit undergoes a treatment to eliminate the pest.

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New biosecurity strategy for NZ - Fruitnet.com - Fruitnet

New Zealand industry groups have welcomed the launch of a new biosecuity strategy.

Developed by the country’s federal government, the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement was unveiled by New Zealand's minister for primary industries, Nathan Guy, at a biosecurity forum in Auckland yesterday (22 November), with approximately 200 primary industry stakeholders in attendance.

Steve Rich, secretariat manager of the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) for Biosecurity Readiness and Response, said the statement would future-proof New Zealand’s biosecurity system for the years to come.

“GIA’s industry partners strongly support the minister for taking the initiative to refresh New Zealand’s biosecurity strategy,” Rich explained. “They have welcomed the opportunity to take part in the process to develop the B2025 Direction Statement, and are committed to participate in its implementation.”

 

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Saudi bans import of common carp fish from Czech Republic - Gulf Digital News

Riyadh: Saudi authorities have placed a ban on the import of common carp fish from the Czech Republic.

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture announced the ban based on the alert issued by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) warning against the outbreak of Koi Herpesvirus Disease (KHD).

The ministry has instructed the authorities in charge of the Saudi entry checkpoints to enforce the ban.

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Deputy Agriculture Minister Le Quoc Doanh – Cubird - Tag

The U.S. Grains Council is working with Vietnamese importers of distillers' dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to end the country's planned suspension of U.S. shipments of the protein-rich animal feed, according to a letter sent to council members and seen by Reuters on Thursday. The U.S. Grains Council is working with Vietnamese importers of distillers' dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to end the country's planned suspension of U.S. shipments of the protein-rich animal feed, according to a letter sent to council members and seen by Reuters on Thursday. Vietnam on Monday said it would suspend all imports of U.S. DDGS from mid-December due to contamination with the Ballion variety of beetle, according to a Vietnamese government directive also seen by Reuters. Media in the Southeast Asian nation reported the step earlier this week. The loss of Vietnamese imports would be a big hit for U.S. DDGS suppliers as the country is one of the fastest growing feed grain markets in the world,

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UK extends import ban of plant products originating in Ghana

 

​The current legislation suspending imports of certain products from Ghana expires at the end of 2016. An EU audit took place in September 2016 which has shown that there are still significant shortcomings in the export system in Ghana and in addition EU member states (including the UK) are continuing to intercept harmful organisms on Ghanaian material. As a result it is likely that this legislation will be extended for a further period (possibly a year, but to be decided). This applies to imports of plant material (other than seeds) of:

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European Union nixes proposed North American lobster ban

Following months of deliberation, the European Union has decided that the North American lobster is not an invasive species and will not be banned, reports the Press Herald.

Sweden had been pressing for the ban after discovering North American lobsters off its coast, and had convinced the forum of EU scientists who study alien species to pursue the listing one month ago.

The EU’s Committee on Invasive Alien Species, however, made the final decision that it would not list the species for technical reasons, but said that it may explore other measures in the future to protect the European lobster that would be less disruptive to trade.

The US lobster industry said the decision had saved a $200 million-a-year export business.

In August, Canada's Lobster Council joined in the call to block Sweden's ban.

In September several US lawmakers from the lobster exporting states of Massachusetts and Maine sent a letter to the EU urging the scientific community to scrutinize the science involved.

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Fiji lifts restriction on some veg exports

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The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji has lifted the temporary suspension that was imposed on some vegetables exported to New Zealand from all Sigatoka Farms.

These vegetables include bhindi, long bean and tubua.

BAF Executive Chairman, Xavier Khan, says the temporary suspension was lifted after a field survey report on pests ‘Thrips palmi' was conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture Extension and Research team last month.

Khan says this revealed the low level of ‘Thrips palmi' host commodities on tubua and bhindi.

He added that they have taken necessary actions to ensure that interceptions of ‘Thrips palmi' at international borders are reduced.

Meanwhile the 'Thrips palmi' is a regulated pest in New Zealand and considered a high impact pest which, if established, could lead to high levels of economic consequences.

Source: fijivillage.com

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