With financial assistance from the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras
Vehicular Inspection Starts at Quarantine Stations of the Mediterranean Fly Program



In an effort to protect the Mediterranean Fly Free Zone, located in the Aguan River Valley, the Med Fly Free Zone Certification Program (MOSCAMED), financed by the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras, OIRSA and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), through SENASA, are currently implementing in the area the Internal Quarantine system.

The stations for vehicular inspection and to treat fruit and vegetable accessing the area have been built at five of the entry points of the Aguan Valley.

Each of the internal quarantine stations is provided with the necessary infrastructure and trained staff to inspect all entering vehicles.

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There are five Agriculture Quarantine Stations at the different Aguan Valley land entries.

Quarantine inspectors explaining to travelers the importance of the MED Fly Program in the area.

The Agriculture Quarantine Stations have been installed to control entrance of products/fruits acting as Med Fly hosts.

In order to prevent that any fruit carrying Med fly parasites could enter the free zone and cause outbreaks of this terrible pest, quarantine inspectors are the ones in charge of supervising all land transportation vehicles to identify any fruits and vegetables acting as potential Med fly hosts.

When going through the inspection, the quarantine staff informs travelers on the activities being implemented by the Program, and hands out printed material with technical information.

Vehicle inspection started last January at the quarantine stations of Planes and Sonaguera in Colón, and at the posts in Río Mame, Olanchito and Yoro. In the next weeks this activity will also take place in Trujillo, Colón.

The Med Fly Program is aimed at achieving certification as Med Fly Free Zone from USDA/APHIS, the organism of the US Department of Agriculture in charge of certifying the health of animals and plants, and of maintaining this certification updated in order to secure that all agricultural products from the Aguan Valley in the Honduran coastal region, are eligible for export and comply with all phytosanitary requirements requested by international markets.

 


2009. Millenium Challenge Account. Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

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