Xylella, shock amendment: from 1 or 5 years of imprisonment for those who do not uproot sick olive trees

Olive trees affected by Xyella must be destroyed and those who do not face up to 5 years in prison.

He is about to end up run over, his mother saves him

An amendment to the Simplifications decree proposes the obligation to destroy olive trees infected with Xylella under penalty of imprisonment

An amendment that could lead to discussion of the one proposed by the Simplifications dl: a proposal to amend the decree signed by the speakers, in fact, provides for the implementation of all the official anti-Xylella phytosanitary measures, including the destruction of olive trees and contaminated plant products. For those who fail to comply with this obligation, a prison term of between 1 and 5 years is envisaged.

A decidedly hard choice that would like to block the spread of a disease that in recent weeks has also increasingly affected the countryside of Alto Brindisi and Bari.

A story that never ends, that linked to Xylella Fastidiosa, which for years has been destroying centuries of nature and history, as well as sustenance for local farmers. It was in fact 2013 when it was discovered that, behind the anomalous desiccation that started between 2009 and 2010, there could be precisely that bacterium that is difficult to eradicate.
The pathogen spreads very quickly due to some vector insects, suckers of xylem sap and, unfortunately, it also has many host plants, both cultivated and wild.

Now, the official phytosanitary measures against olive tree disease, or in any case deriving from emergency phytosanitary measures, "including the destruction of contaminated plants and plant products", as stated in the text, must be implemented "by way of derogation to all provisions in force, within the limits and according to the criteria indicated in the phytosanitary emergency decree "and in the European Union legislation. Failure to implement official phytosanitary measures aimed at avoiding the spread of the disease is punishable by imprisonment from 1 to 5 years.

Yet we seem to remember that anti-Xylella treatments imposed in the past, just like mass eradications, have not been successful, while biological alternatives are struggling to establish themselves. What is the future for the splendid Apulian land?

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