Expert carrying out assessment of palm trees; To visit neighborhoods over the weekend

A consultant from Jamaica Dr. Wayne Myrie is currently on the island carrying out an assessment on behalf of the Inspection Department TEZVT – Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (LVV) which is part of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications with respect to palm trees.


He has been meeting with various groups and will carry out some neighborhood visits this weekend.

One of the palm tree diseases common in the Caribbean is Lethal Yellowing. This is caused by a phyto-plasma, a bacteria-like organism, and spread by an insect, the plant hopper (Myndus crudus).

The LVV invited Dr. Myrie to look at the iconic palm trees that dot different areas on the island especially hotel properties and along some of the main roads.

Dr. Myrie who is on a one week visit to the country will be meeting with different groups concerning and taking samples which will be tested in a lab to determine the type of pest.

Preliminary onsite advice can also be given with respect to recommended treatments.

The Inspection Department TEZVT- Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (LVV) office is located at Zoutsteeg nr. 3, Philipsburg, in the building that houses the Department of Economic Licenses. The office can be reached by calling 543-7820 ext. 148 for further information.