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ANTIGUA | Giant African snail spreads – Agriculture Minister to update Quarantine Order

The Giant African Snail that was first found in South Florida in the 1960s, is one of the most destructive snails in the world as it consumes at least 500 plant species . The Giant African Snail that was first found in South Florida in the 1960s, is one of the most destructive snails in the world as it consumes at least 500 plant species .
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Apr. 13, CMC – The Giant African Snail that was first spotted in two communities 2008, has spread to other parts of the island, prompting the Plant Protection Unit in the Agriculture Ministry to update the 2011 Quarantine order.

GIANT African SnailAccording to head of the Plant Protection Unit, Dr. Janil Gore Francis, the order will include new areas that are now heavily populated with the snail.

“The numbers are exponentially increasing at this stage because of how the snails reproduce and the fact that as they move, the numbers increase and so do the chances of further spreading,” Gore Francis said.

“Those areas are under quarantine and the Giant African Snail Taskforce is currently exploring options to actually be able to enforce it,” she said.

The Antigua Observer reports that so far for the year, several areas have been added to the extensive list which will be placed under quarantine.

The Quarantine Order is considered to be an essential step in curbing further spread of the snail.

The Giant African Snail that was first found in South Florida in the 1960s, is one of the most destructive snails in the world as it consumes at least 500 plant species .

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