Spanish Citrus Management Committee Reports on Citrus Black Spot Study

Spain’s Citrus Management Committee (CGC) recently published (in Spanish) a statement bringing attention to a study showing citrus black spot (CBS) has spread in Tunisia’s citrus-growing areas. According to CGC, the study contradicts South Africa’s claims that CBS cannot adapt to a Mediterranean climate. The study asserts that CBS has been present in all of Tunisia’s main citrus-growing regions for less than five years after its initial detection in the country.

In April, South Africa requested the World Trade Organization (WTO) consult with the EU over its citrus import requirements to protect against CBS. In its statement, CGC notes the study supports its claim that EU measures to control against CBS must be maintained and even strengthened. The European Commission’s response to South Africa’s WTO request further noted that the economic impact of CBS becoming established in EU citrus-growing areas could reach USD 1.128 billion.


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