The Agrarian Issues Committee discussed new pests in Western Georgia and elimination thereof

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:10
The parties heard the information about the new pest (Asian Cassida) in West Georgia and outlined eliminative measures at the meeting of the Committee with the Heads of Regional Administrations and Municipalities. The Head of the National Food Agency, Zurab Chekhurashvili provided comprehensive information about new pest causing the highest damage last year to Western Georgia. Asian Cassida was first detected in Georgia in 2015. We did not have any experience who to eliminate this pest and hence, we will be guided under international practice. The problem is wide scale evidenced with the fact that the pest damages more than 300 species of plants, preferring apple, peach, wine and berries. Particular damage last year was inflicted to nuts. This pest is characterized with unforeseeable movement, feeds on plants from spring to late autumn and spends winter in houses and other premises. According to international experts, in case of mass distribution of the pest, the damage may constitute 70%. “We have the emergency situation and shall undertake measures for a couple of years to at maximal extent control population of the pest until its total elimination”, - Z. Chekurashvili stated. He introduced the scheduled measures envisaging public awareness and exploitation of pesticides on agrarian land plots. US Development Fund will render aid to Georgia. 12 ml GEL is already allocated for elimination of the pest on land plots. The picture is alarming and the project shall apply to wider area. The scale entails extension of the project to the state program for elimination of pests. Phyto-sanitary control shall become stricter on the state border to prevent diversion. Inasmuch as the pest cannot be limited within administrative border, the measures shall be complex to cover all the regions. The Chair, Otar Danelia resumed the meeting. “We still have time to undertake respective measures because tomorrow it will be late leading us to catastrophe. We will undertake wide scale measures and convert the project into the state program. We shall make stricter phyto-sanitary regulations on the border”. The consultations will continue within the working group format in the nearest days.
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