Colombia proposes eradicating 1,500 hectares of yellow dragon affected citrusChristian Fernsby ▼ | October 15, 2019
Agrosavia and the Ministry of Agriculture have raised a proposal to eradicate at least 1,500 hectares of citrus crops in the department of Atlantico, especially of lemon crops, due to the presence of the bacterium known as the yellow dragon.
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The eradication measure may seem radical, but it is the only way out of the current situation as 60% of the crops are affected by the bacteria, which is considered the most destructive disease for this species of plants in the world, as it causes their death.
The Colombian minister said that, so far, the census has established that nearly 300 producers, mostly concentrated in the municipalities of Santo Tomas, and Palmar de Varela, in the Atlantico, were the most affected.
According to Valencia, producers could replace their citrus fruits with cashew, eggplant, passion fruit, or some varieties of mango.
"The Ministry is also working to create a productive project that generates benefits while the eradication and substitution yields results," he said.
Nearly 6,500 hectares of the country's citrus crops are affected by the yellow dragon in the departments of La Guajira, Cesar, Bolivar, Magdalena, and Norte de Santander. ■