In recent years, agriculture has been under threat from the corn weevil, a deadly pest that is transmitted by the bacterium Spiroplasma kunkeli. This disease affects provinces such as Santiago del Estero, Chaco, Catamarca, Tucuman, Salta, Córdoba, Santa Fe, Entre Rios and La Pampa.

The proposed project aims to address this emergency by providing tax benefits to affected farmers in the form of income tax exemptions. Additionally, satellite imagery will be used for zoning purposes to determine which areas are most affected by the pest. The project also encourages national and provincial governments to work together to reduce the impact of the pest on agriculture.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and INTA’s technical teams will establish management protocols for producers based on regional differences. However, the spread of the disease to new provinces such as Córdoba, Santa Fe and Entre Rios has raised concerns about its significant impact on maize crops in these regions.

According to experts, this year saw an increase in the population of thistles in Buenos Aires Grain Exchange’s corn harvest forecast due to damage caused by heat waves and droughts. Producers estimate even greater losses than predicted due to further damage caused by the pomegranate. Corn thistle is a persistent carrier of Spiroplasma kunkelii and causes recurring diseases in agricultural regions.

Overall, coordinated efforts are needed to address this agricultural emergency and mitigate the impact of corn bush on cereal crops in affected provinces.

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