Almaty. June 10. Information Center - Kazakhstan
has imposed a ban on the import of tomato and pepper seedlings from
Turkmenistan, EFA News reports.
to what Ice reports today on Interfax source, the Kazakh state inspection
committee introduced the ban starting from 7 June with the approval of the
Ministry of National Agriculture, which in a note issued yesterday informed
that the measure is was decided following the confirmation in 19 inspections of
the finding of seedlings infected with the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus,
known as the ToBRFV virus. A veto therefore imposed to avoid the spread of the
infection in Kazakh territory.
virus belongs to the viral genus of Tobamoviruses, and was first identified and
characterized in Jordan in 2015 on tomato plants. In the fall of 2014, a new
tomato disease with similar symptoms had already been reported in southern
Israel from where it quickly spread across the country. During 2018, new
reports are reported in tomatoes in Germany and California, in Mexico on
tomatoes and chilli, in Palestine and in Italy where the virus was found on
tomato plants in Sicily, province of Ragusa. It can also infect pepper plants
and different types of fruit plants. The virus can also spread over a long
distance through the trade of infected material such as seeds or seedlings
(source Crea and Lazio Region).