Within the framework of an agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank, the National Animal Health and Agri-food Quality Service (Senasa) purchased 267 satellite geo-positioning devices (Global Positioning System – GPS) for its technicians across the country to track plant pests.
The devices were presented at a ceremony chaired by the President of Senasa, Mr. Jorge Amaya. Also present were the Vice President of Senasa, Mr. Carlos Casamiquela, the National Director for Plant Protection, Mr. Diego Quiroga, and the Executive Director of the Management Unit of the IDB Programme, Mr. Jesús Leguiza.
The devices and the technology were purchased through an agreement with the IDB – Operation 1950 OC/AR -, and will allow Senasa’s National Surveillance and Monitoring System (Sinavimo) to determine the geographic distribution of crops and verify, in the field, pest detections and notifications.
GPS devices also permit locating with great precision events in the field (geo-referencing), facilitate their recording and offer the possibility of returning to the same place for a follow-up.
They also serve to measure distances, area, and perimeters of plots and are a basic source of information to develop digital maps and collect information in electronic format.
Furthermore, these devices allow to identify the geographic location of establishments and crops included in registration programmes, (Renspa, Nurseries, Export Programme for Citrus Fruit intended for the European Union), and determine the location of specific lures and sampling points (National Codling Moth Control Programme and National Fruit Fly Control and Eradication Programme).
These devices permit the identification of sites that are subject to specific control treatments such as those included in programmes for biological control of Sirex Noctilio and Locusts, and for the control and eradication of boll weevil. They also serve to assess, in the field, areas under treatment, and to delimit and locate quarantined plots as well as to measure isolation distances.