Government moving aggressively against Frosty Pod Rot disease
The agriculture ministry is set to implement aggressive measures to counter the rapid spread of the Frosty Pod Rot disease in Jamaica’s cocoa plants.
At a press conference yesterday afternoon, Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda said the ministry would reinstitute the Plant Quarantine Frosty Pod Rot of Cocoa Order, 2017.
He said a radical approach is now needed as despite previous attempts to curtail the disease, it has continued to spread.
He said approximately 70 per cent of cocoa producing areas in Clarendon have been affected.
The quarantine order declares the parishes of Clarendon, St Andrew, St Catherine and St Mary to be infested with Frosty Pod Rot.
Samuda says members of the Public are not allowed to move cocoa plants or related material from one area to another.
The Order also permits the authorities to destroy, remove, uproot, dispose of, prune or treat any cocoa plant, plant product or plant article.