HLB (Huanglongbing), a bacteria that attacks citrus crops and destroys plantations, has been present in the country since 2012 and potentially threatens 136,000 hectares of crops in the Northwestern and Northeastern regions of Argentina, and puts the regional economies at risk. Thus, different entities, coordinated by the Ministry of agricultural industry, are coordinating preventative measures against this disease that has no cure.
"This disease could wipe out the world's citrus industry. It is present on all continents, except Europe. "Brazil is one of the countries affected by the HLB. It was discovered in that country in 2004 and since then, the country has had to eradicate 40 million trees", stated the technical manager of the Plant Health Association of the Argentine Northwest (Afinoa), Gloria Perez.
"HLB is causing havoc in the United States, especially in Florida; 50% of the planted surface has been lost since 2005. And it is out of control in Paraguay," said the specialist.