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Ministerial Order for cocoa disease withdrawn

Published:Tuesday | January 3, 2017 | 2:42 PM
A frosty pod rot-affected cocoa pod.

Agriculture Minister, Karl Samuda, has withdrawn the Ministerial Order for the Frosty Pod Rot of Cocoa Disease that was issued in late September.

The order was issued under Section 3 of the Plants Quarantine Act 1993.

The lifting of the Order follows the recommendation by the Plant Quarantine/Produce Inspection Branch of the agriculture ministry.

Samuda says the recommendation is consistent with the findings from a survey report, which was conducted by the Plant Health Coordinating Committee.

He says while the order is being withdrawn, the long-term management strategy for containment will be continued.

Samuda says this will allow for the continued harvesting and movement of cocoa beans in designated areas under prescribed protocol.

Meanwhile, Samuda says all cases or suspected cases of the Frosty Pod Rot of Cocoa are to be reported to the Cocoa Industry Board; the ministry or the Rural Agricultural Development Authority.