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THE EMILIA-ROMAGNA EXPERENCE IN THE CONTAIMENT AND THE CONTROL OF FIREBLIGHT

Finelli F., Calzolari A., Mazzoli G.L.
Civil Servant / Fitosanitary Inspector

The Po valley (Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Lombardia) in Italy is one of the most important producing areas in the world of European pears .
A great attention was kept to protect this area from fire-blight.
Before the enforcement of the current plant health regime (1993), the import of some susceptible plants was prohibited from the countries where the bacterial disease occurred, apart from specific authorisations with post-entry quarantine.
Unfortunately with the free market, in 1994 the first outbreaks were found between Bologna and Ferrara. Following such cases, three monitoring teams were organised in order to monitor orchards and susceptible plants in the surroundings of the findings.
Even if monitoring and eradication measures were promptly taken, in 1997 a lot of outbreaks were found throughout many provinces in the most of the pear growing area.
It was clear that eradication was not a feasible target.
In order to manage this exceptional situation, with  a big economic impact, at regional level an action group (Authority) composed of  scientific representatives (PPS and University) and of political representatives (Agriculture department, producers organisations) was set up to support and share  actions.
A specific research programme was launched to get information about the risk for propagation material and about the best ways to control the disease.
For a couple of years, the national Ministry of agriculture set financial subsidies to mitigate the damage due to plants rooting up by the orchard keepers on inspectors orders.
The increased knowledge by the farmers, the dissemination of the control guidelines, a permanent monitoring of the territory, the availability of healthy propagation material have facilitated the decreasing of the disease impact in the last 20 years.

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