The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) published on Monday (3) in the Official Gazette, normative instruction establishing phytosanitary requirements for imports of fruit or nine countries propagating material. The measure is aimed at plum, cherry, sour cherry, peach, apricot and nectarine from Argentina, Chile, Spain, USA, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, Israel and Iran.
Thus, the charges should be accompanied by phytosanitary certificate attesting that the products are free of Plum Pox Virus plague. The inspection will be made in the loading destination. If the presence of the pest is detected, the fruit will be destroyed or denied. The purpose of the requirement is to prevent the entry of the disease in Brazil via international trade.
According to the director of the Department of Plant Protection Map, Marcus Vinicius Coelho, the Plum Pox Virus is one of the most devastating diseases of stone fruit production around the world, being responsible for high productivity reductions and quality of orchards.