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Phytosanitary alert announced for the threat of the Giant African Snail

The Mida reported that the entry into the country of the Giant African Snail could be devastating for the Panamanian agricultural sector.
Panamanian authorities announced a phytosanitary alert to the threat of the Giant African Snail (CGA), emphasizing that it could be devastating for the Panamanian agricultural sector.

The Ministry of Agricultural Development (Mida) details that the presence of the Giant African Snail has not been found in Panama, however, a call is made to citizens so that if they see one of large size, do not touch it and give notice to the authorities for investigation.

For its part, the National Customs Authority reported that after being detected in Costa Rica, they have proceeded to reinforce surveillance at the country's border points, including air and sea points.

"Customs joins this new alert and will remain vigilant, even in the temporary imports of heavy equipment, so that they enter clean due to phyto and zoo sanitary measures in the face of disease threats and that put our national production at risk," said the Customs Authority.

The Minister of Agricultural Development, Augusto Valderrama, indicated that with the implementation of this action plan made up of inter-institutional security, customs, health and agricultural entities such as Plant Health and DECA, it will continue to prevent this type of pests from being brought to the country.
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