The Region of Murcia lays down compulsory phytosanitary measures to combat tomato virus

The Ministry of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and the Environment of the Region of Murcia has declared in an order published last Thursday, March 17 in the BORM the existence of the disease caused by the rough tomato virus.

"Law 43/2002, of November 20, on Plant Health establishes the legal framework that regulates the possibility for the Administration to declare the existence of a pest when it produces or may produce economic damages or damages of such intensity, extent, or nature that make it necessary to adopt mandatory control as the most effective means of combating it, adopting the phytosanitary measures deemed necessary to prevent its spread, reduce its population and effects, and achieve its eradication," the text of the Order details.

"This virus was first isolated and identified in 2015 on tomato plants in Jordan, although its symptoms had previously been observed in Israel in 2014."

"Since its identification in 2015, its dispersion has been increasing. Between 2018 and 2020, new outbreaks have been reported in Germany, China, Greece, the Netherlands, Italy, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Turkey, France, Spain, Poland, Cyprus, and the USA. In Spain, it was first detected in the province of Almeria in 2019, where it is currently being eradicated."

"On September 8, 2021, this disease was first detected in the Region of Murcia after some samples taken in a greenhouse in Mazarron were positive for ToBRFV."

"This Order aims to declare the existence of the disease caused by the rough tomato virus (ToBRFV) in the territory of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, as well as the adoption of appropriate mandatory phytosanitary measures to minimize its effects, prevent its spread, and reduce the population of plants affected by this disease."

"The mandatory phytosanitary measures will be applied in the tomato and pepper plots, seed-producing companies, experimental centers, nurseries, and fruit packing or processing centers throughout the Region of Murcia affected by ToBRFV."

All measures can be consulted in Order of March 14, 2022, of the Ministry of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Environment.



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