Citrus Greening Disease tackled in Point Michel

The effects of citrus greening disease
The effects of citrus greening disease

Small and backyard farmers in Point Michel are being advised to cooperate with the Ministry of Agriculture as it seeks to eradicate plants affected by the Citrus Greening Disease in that community.

The disease which was discovered in Dominica in May 2012 has been found in several communities around the island, including La Plaine, Cabrits, Welsey and Point Michel.

“The situation in Point Michel is that 95 percent of the citrus have been infected with Citrus Greening Disease. We are going on an eradication drive because we have a good opportunity to eradicate the disease in Dominica,” Plant Protection Officer, Ryan Anselm, explained.
Anselm said while the ministry recognizes the fact that the eradication exercise will affect the livelihood of some farmers, the decision is vital for the survival of the citrus industry in Dominica.

“We recognize that they use the citrus but we have a fundamental role to play in sustaining the industry. If we do not eradicate that disease in Point Michel it will spread to our commercial areas,” he stated.

He said the disease is incurable and could damage the entire citrus industry in the country.

He said cutting of trees have already been conducted in the other communities.

One year after the destroying of trees, farmers are told that they can replant, Anselm said.

Trees affected by the disease usually die after a period of time since the disease starves the top of the tree thus resulting in reduced production. Fruits from affected trees taste different and are irregularly shaped, officials say.

The disease also causes yellowing of a plant’s new shoots and can be confused with zinc deficiency.

Laboratory confirmation is necessary to diagnose the disease.

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11 Comments

  1. ok
    February 22, 2013

    i hope they compensate the farmers. they have families to take care of and for some of them their fruits are both their daily wage and daily bread. you cannot take away a man’s bread without giving him some change to buy something else to eat. come on.

  2. Zandoli
    February 20, 2013

    So where will the seeds for replacing the citrus come from? Monsanto or from local indigenous stock? We need to be careful here…..

  3. Chavez Bling Boy
    February 20, 2013

    The illuminati is destroying our agricultural industry so later on we will have to import everything from them. when we depend on them they will control us. Just imagine importing banana from central America. Just a little note.

  4. for love of country
    February 20, 2013

    Greta Job Plant Protection and Quarantine Unit for keeping our country clean of these diseases. Mr. Anselm seems to be one of those public servants for is working passionately!

    • Stillawondafulworld
      February 21, 2013

      YES… PPQ :lol:

  5. Anonymous
    February 20, 2013

    Why does Pte. Mitchel have such a high incidence of Citrus greening….. Does it have anything to do with a small scale plant propagation facility in that community….

    • weezib
      February 20, 2013

      you hit the nail on the head, the guy at Soufriere that no one can seem to shut down

  6. Pathetic
    February 19, 2013

    What about compensation for the farmers? Just checking!

    • weezib
      February 20, 2013

      why should they be compensated? the Ministry of Agriculture is doing them a favour… their plants will all die without the proper treatment and this could cause a national catastrophy in relation to the citrus industry and our local food … i would more call on the farmers to pay for this service… i don’t know how we see things in this country…

      • Me
        February 21, 2013

        Why would you not want to help the farmers? If they are depending on that for income, don’t you think they need help? Some of you are soo heartless. Here in America, farmers who are way better off are subsidized by the government. Further, if you lost your income/job, you are can get help from the government welfare etc. I am a farmer’s son, and farmers are generally not rich people – have a heart

  7. Jimmy Hendrix
    February 19, 2013

    Offer them an incentive and you will see how many trees will be cut by tomorrow. Money usually works wonders.

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