Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sverdlovsk customs officials destroy millions of flowers

Since the beginning of 2015, customs officials in the Sverdlovsk region have destroyed millions of flowers from shipments to avoid the spread of quarantine pests, Oblastnaya Gazeta reported on Friday.

The Rosselkhoznadzor press service said the flowers potentially could harm indigenous flowers in the Sverdlovsk region. A recent Oblastnaya Gazeta report said the flowers were completely destroyed to prevent any contamination in the region. Destroying the plants eliminates the need to quarantine the plants.

Since the beginning of 2015, customs officials for the Sverdlovsk region have killed approximately 10 million cut flowers, or approximately 760 tons. These officials also have destroyed approximately 120,000 different potted plants in their efforts to protect the Sverdlovsk region's plants.

Most of the flowers that were destroyed were chrysanthemums and roses, among other species of plants.

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