This Wednesday 22nd April, Royal Decree 491/2020 of 21 April was published, amending Royal Decree 23/2016 of 22 January, establishing the national programme for the control and eradication of Trioza erytreae and the national programme for the prevention of Diaphorina citri and Candidatus Liberibacter spp. The new Royal Decree implements changes to allow the movement of plants of sensitive species, provided they meet the conditions reflected in the new European Union regulations.
Modifications are included following the review of the Trioza Contingency Plan, which is the responsibility of the MAPA and in accordance with the recommendations made in the framework of the Audit of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) on Trioza erytreae and citrus greening (17 to 27 September 2019), as well as the corresponding technical adaptation, through the amendment of Royal Decree 23/2016 of 22 January.
Following the inspection some deficiencies were found and the Commission recommended that the control measures should be reviewed in the light of the experience gained and the restricted availability and efficacy of available plant protection products and that it should be ensured that all necessary measures are being taken to inhibit the spread of T. erytreae.
Thus, the main novelties introduced are to establish the concept of the Trioza free area and to allow the movement of plants from nurseries with physical protection (under certain provisions), to define new terms and redefine existing terms relating to infested areas, to establish the circumstances under which movement of nursery stock may be allowed as well as the prohibition of movement of plants and plant products of susceptible species in the demarcated areas and to adapt the susceptible species of vector organisms (Tryoza and Diaphorina) and species susceptible to HLB.