Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Statement to Media in Abasha (May 31)
It is a great honor for me today to visit Abasha and to see how the National Food Agency of Georgia is carrying out work to control the brown marmorated stink bug or the parosana. This is a very, very dangerous pest that has done a great deal of damage to Georgia’s food crops. The United States of America, through the United States Agency for International Development, is very proud to partner with the Georgian Government to help in the fight against this insect. Today, we saw how the National Food Agency is employing tractors and spraying, trucks and modern monitoring systems, lures and other modern techniques and skills to bring this pest under control. Especially important today is that the USAID is donating 17 new tractors and you can see these tractors are equipped with equipment that will enable the users to spray pesticides that are safe to humans that will go a long way in controlling the stink bug. In the United States we also have the parosana and it has done a lot of damage there as well. We have learned that it is not possible to eradicate it; but, by employing all of these techniques and working hard we can control it and limit its spread, and limit the damage it does to food crops and cash crops in Georgia. We are happy to work together with our Georgian partners to make this happen.