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Sugar cane borer measures proposed for Brazil

Brazil has proposed phytosanitary requirements on sugar cane following detection of giant cane borers ( Telchin licus). The Ministry of Agriculture’s agricultural health office, the SDA, has issued resolution Portaria No 80, which seeks to stop all transit of the crop through infected areas. If adopted, certificates of origin would be required for any transit. Monitoring for the pest would continue for up to four months after its detection in a field. Any detection of symptoms would result in the crop being uprooted and cut to verify the presence of borers. Reports of surveys would have to be submitted to the authorities every six months. The resolution is open to public comment for 60 days from February 22nd.

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