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Control Measures on Asian Citrus Psyllid Drawn Up

June 17, 2020

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Draft Control Measures relating to the Asian Citrus Psyllid have been drawn up.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published the proposed control measures in Government Gazette 43419 for comment.

The draft measures were drawn up in terms of the Agricultural Pests Act.

The draft control measures also relate to the Citrus greening: Asian and American strains (Candidatus Liberbacter asiaticus and Candidatus Liberbacter americanus).

The draft control measures focus on compulsory notification; responsibilities of the authority, issuance of an official order; quarantine area; prohibition relating to the removal and the keeping of infected plants; movement of plants, plant products and other regulated articles; destruction of plants, plant products and other regulated articles; responsibility of user of land or owner of land or organization or institution; issuance of guideline or action plan; application for a removal permit and exemption from a prohibition.

All land users will be expected to notify the department as soon as the listed pests are detected.

The department will have six days in which to take the necessary phytosanitary measures and /or phytosanitary actions to identify and confirm the pests and stop the spread.

Any user of land or owner of land or organization or institution will be expected to take all reasonable measures as prescribed or specified in the relevant guidelines or action plans to manage, eradicate and control the regulated pests.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 43418, the department called for nominations to be considered for appointment to the South African Geomatics Council.

The call was made in terms of the Geomatics Profession Act.

Successful candidates will be appointed as members and alternate members of the Council.

Nominations are invited within 14 days of the date of publication.