The State System of Plant Health, together with the Public Health institutions, reinforces the surveillance and control actions of the African giant snail in the province of Matanzas.
“To date there are no reported economic effects on agricultural production areas,” said Alberto Perdomo, head of the Department of Plant Health.
In the western Cuban territory its presence has been detected in the central Humberto Álvarez (Cárdenas), San Antonio de Cabezas (Unión de Reyes) and in the municipality of Perico.
On August 3rd, the Communist Party of Cuba and the local Government of the Cardenean territory summoned a massive action in the former sugar mill Humberto Álvarez, where one hundred people from various agencies and state entities participated collecting three thousand 480 copies, all positive, in two hours and a half, as required in a report by the Provincial Delegation of Agriculture.
“In the Lomas de Cabezas, in the municipality of Unión de Reyes, 1,940 copies have been discovered to date and in the last days only five were collected after the sanitation of the area,” said Alberto Perdomo.
For this reason, observation points or stationary fields were established by the system throughout the province during the year.
Tracking is also strengthened in areas adjacent to the National Highway and surveillance in settlements where Afro-Cuban religion is practiced such as Matanzas, Cárdenas and Jovellanos.