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The “tucura toad” is a pest of arthropod insects that advances uncontrolled along the northern plateau of Chubut. They have already declared emergency in three provinces.
The National Service for Food Health and Quality (Senasa) declared a phytosanitary emergency for the Bufonacris clarasiana Saussure pest (commonly called “tucura toad”). This measure covers the provinces of Chubut , Rio Negro and Santa. Cross.
Tucuras are a type of insects that have a morphology similar to that of lobsters . Particularly this species has no wings . They can reach 5 cm, have a chewing oral apparatus and a food diet that includes a variety of vegetables.
They spawn in stony areas where shrubby vegetables predominate and creep. When handling in pest , when they move they give the impression that the floor is moving. According to specialists, they breed by burying their more than 300 eggs a few centimeters from the ground.
The emergency decreed by Senasa will run until 31 March 2021 and is contemplated in Resolution No. 135/2020 which was published in the official bulletin of the agency national. The aim of the measure is to preserve the subsistence economy of farmers and indigenous peoples concerned, as well as environmental heritage.
The monitoring and control actions of the Senasa National Lobster and Tucuras Program have detected territorial advances of the plague in the southern provinces. In addition, they recorded damage to horticultural crops , pastures and natural pastures as well as steppes and mallines. As reported from the body, this pest is a threat to the productive capacity of the fields as it affects the regrowth of pastures.
The norm also makes it mandatory to report immediately to Senasa the presence of the pest . This applies to any person responsible or responsible for farms or livestock, national, provincial or municipal health authorities, or individuals who, for any circumstance, detects the presence of specimens of tucura toad. In addition, the resolution authorizes active ingredients for the control of the pest tucura toad.
SOURCE: Tiempo Sur
Publication Date: 04/03/2020
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