Announcements

Job offersmore »




Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




China asks for Phalaenopsis import change

The importation of plants in growing media is strictly regulated – and generally prohibited – by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). When a request from a foreign country is proposed for new imports, APHIS prepares a “Pest Risk Assessment,” (PRA), which studies the scientific risks importation might cause to existing USDA agriculture or the environment by allowing pests or diseases to enter the U.S.

Recently, APHIS published such a PRA detailing its study on China’s request to bring Phalaenopsis species orchids from China into the U.S. in growing media (they are already allowed as bare-root imports, and are allowed in media from Taiwan when grown and certified under specific conditions). In order to be imported, the plants would have to be grown under certain conditions designed to reduce risk of pests or diseases.

In reviewing the PRA, Florida’s Department of Agriculture (FDACS) raised several important concerns, particularly that of the risk of bringing the giant African snail into the United States. Florida’s comments noted that “Although the [APHIS study] documents provided indicated that APHIS feels that the requirements will be effective in managing the risk associated with these pests, ones such as giant African snail and Oriental leaf worm moth (Spodoptera litura) would pose a significant risk to Florida Agriculture.”

Florida’s comments asked for further analysis, noting that introduction and establishment of such species would have significant economic consequences to Florida agriculture. The State further noted that potential virus pathogens could be imported along with the orchid plants, which could pose a severe risk to Florida’s native orchids and the U.S. orchid industry.

SAF and the Florida Nursery, Grower & Landscape Association (FNGLA) echo Florida’s comments about the potential impact on U.S. orchid growers and our environment. SAF has long worked with APHIS on the issue of importing plants in media, shares the expressed concerns, and will continue to work with APHIS should it continue this regulatory process and propose changes.

This article is written by Lin Schmale. For more information, contact SAF’s Lin Schmale, lschmale@safnow.org.

Publication date: 6/13/2014

 

 
 
tweet
 
share

email
   
print
 
subscribe

 

Other news in this sector:

7/25/2014 Canada: Communication is the way to avoid honey bee decline due to crop spraying
7/25/2014 US (CA): What is the future for Flower Farmers in the Watsonville/Salinas area?
7/25/2014 New school lunch pilot for locally-grown produce accepting applications from states
7/25/2014 US: Michigan food and ag leaders hopeful about industry, state economy
7/24/2014 New vegetables being tested for Southwestern Ontario
7/23/2014 Kenya: Farmers reap rewards from Marakwet irrigation project
7/23/2014 US: Romaine lettuce likely cause of E.coli outbreak in AZ., CA., and WA.
7/23/2014 Illinois program for new fruit and vegetable farmers accepting applications
7/23/2014 Israeli vegetables not harvested in time may be transferred to Palestinians
7/22/2014 Multi-million pound boost for British food industry as public sector told to buy local
7/22/2014 New freight train from China through 5 countries in Central Asia
7/22/2014 Indigenous vegetables ‘boost food security in Nigeria’
7/22/2014 US (ID): First car of lettuce shipped yesterday
7/22/2014 Netherlands: Cucumber price revival, but one swallow doesn't make a summer
7/22/2014 Fresh produce prices soaring due to Gaza rockets
7/22/2014 Ghana imports vegetables that can easily be produced in the country
7/21/2014 Aussie capsicums an ingredient for innovation
7/21/2014 USDA seeks public suggestions for 2017 Census of Agriculture
7/21/2014 Butters plans to expand sourcing of UK-grown cut flower stock
7/21/2014 India: CHES-Industry Interaction Meet to popularize, license viable technologies for large scale production