Fundecitrus recently launched the institutional awareness-raising film Urgência as yet another part of the Greening Is Serious campaign. The campaign began in January last year.
In the film, 10 representatives of the citrus sector talk about the economic, social, environmental and historical dimensions of citrus growing in São Paulo and Minas Gerais. They point out everything that is at risk if greening is not controlled immediately. The representatives are:
- Lourival Carmo Monaco, president of Fundecitrus
- Dirceu Mattos Jr., director of the Sylvio Moreira Citriculture Center/ Instituto Agronômico
- Marcos Fava Neves, professor at the School of Economics, Business and Accounting at the University of São Paulo and the FGV Business School
- Ibiapaba Netto, executive director of CitrusBr
- Lauro Rodrigues Nogueira Júnior, researcher at Embrapa Territorial
- Celso Omoto, professor at Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture/University of São Paulo
- José Henrique de Paula, citrus grower
- Juliano Ayres, general manager of Fundecitrus
- Margheritta Fasanella Generali, citrus grower
- Sandra Regina Fasanella Ferreira, citrus grower
Fundecitrus President Monaco says greening is not just a phytosanitary problem; it is also an economic and social problem. “It’s a disease that eliminates orchards and jobs. That’s why we have to involve the whole of society in tackling greening,” says Monaco.
The Fundecitrus greening survey, released in August, showed that the incidence of the disease in the Citrus Belt of São Paulo and Triângulo and Southwest of Minas Gerais grew by 56%. It rose from 24.42% in 2022 to 38.06% in 2023.
Ayres, the Fundecitrus general manager, says growers must rotate the modes of action of insecticides used to control the greening-spreading psyllid. He added that it’s important to spray with a maximum interval of 10 days between applications, to ensure the quality of spray coverage and to eliminate diseased trees.
“Greening is the most devastating disease in citrus farming,” Ayres said. “We have to be perfect” in efforts to control it.
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