Published: Monday 15 January 2001

Bhutan is now realising the implications of imported crop diseases. "Importing a plant without proper quarantine can lead to the spread of a new plant disease damaging a lot of our crops," said N K Pradhan of the Plant Protection Centre. Many in the country are unaware about Bhutan's Quarantine Act which was drafted in 1993 to prevent exotic pests entering into the country. "There are so many diseases which are not found in Bhutan and we want to keep it that way.

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