Representatives of the Brazilian private citrus sectors of São Paulo and Minas Gerais met Sept. 25 with members of São Paulo’s government to formulate joint action plans against citrus greening disease.
Representing the private sector in the meeting were Fundecitrus, Brazilian Table Citrus Association, Vivecitrus, Citrus Consultants Group and Technical Assistance and Consultancy Group in Citrus. The government of the state of São Paulo was represented by Agricultural Defense Coordination, Sylvio Moreira Citriculture Center, sector chambers, São Paulo Secretary of Agriculture and Supply Antônio Junqueira and Executive Secretary Guilherme Piai.
Piai proposed an agenda with 11 measures:
- Creation of a working group with periodic meetings
- Meeting with competent federal bodies to speed up the registration process of new insecticides to control the psyllid
- Awareness campaign carried out by the government of São Paulo
- Speed up authorizations for burning uprooted orchards
- Evaluate the possibility of exemption or tax reduction for processed kaolin
- Meetings with city halls of municipalities with citrus trees for joint action between the state government and cities
- Availability of credit to small and medium-sized producers to replace citrus with other crops, depending on the potential of the region
- Creation of a program to combat greening
- Inspection of seedlings from other states
- Research support
- Meeting with the governor of São Paulo
This agenda will be structured by the working group and presented to São Paulo Governor Tarcísio de Freitas for implementation.
Piai emphasized, more than once, that the governor asked for maximum attention to the issue. “The Department of Agriculture and Supply of the State of São Paulo will unconditionally support the citrus sector to face and overcome greening,” stated Piai.
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