Potato threat from European beetles

AN awareness campaign about a potato beetle that could wipe out entire crops is to be stepped up following concerns about what it could mean for the Jersey Royal industry if it spreads to the Island.

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AN awareness campaign about a potato beetle that could wipe out entire crops is to be stepped up following concerns about what it could mean for the Jersey Royal industry if it spreads to the Island.

Last month people returning from Portugal, Spain and Madeira over the half-term were warned not to bring back potatoes, fruit and certain vegetables because they could be carrying the Epitrix potato beetle.

This week, States entomologist and head of plant health, Scott Meadows, told the Jersey Farming and Land Use Conference that although there had been no reports of the pest, which is native to north America and makes potatoes unsellable, it had spread to France and was rife in Europe.

And, he said, if necessary the Island would ban the importation of some plants to protect its crops against the threat. ‘This could be quite a big issue for Jersey and we are putting measures in place,’ he told the conference.

Comments for: "Potato threat from European beetles"

Perspicuous

OK, seems sensible to control imports if necessary but please be mindful of what it would do to the local market.

In contrast to protecting the industry it could prove to be a substantial windfall at the cost of islanders.

Tony B

Jersey has an enviable position to enforce bio security, and should. The Pheasants are an obvious display of lax bio security. Many major problems such as Ash die back and this litle pest are not so obvious. Remember the old posters of Colarado bettle?

lesmaraissrteetpreacher

them bloody europeans

COM-Mentator

Does this mean they will stop all the large white vans with PL plates full of cardboard boxes and people from entering the island?

Didn't think so!

KCSO

Good contribution there!!!

puffin

Is it just the spuds that may be wiped out?