LAST week, Palma’s Port Police in Spain’s Mallorca stopped two trailers loaded with olive trees that arrived to the city from a nursery on the mainland.
Destined to arrive at a property in Calvia, the cargo of trees had been left totally uncovered which is considered as a serious breach of regulations regarding their transportation.
Restrictions have been put in place to control the spread of xylella fastidiosa, one of the most dangerous plant bacteria worldwide that causes a variety of diseases and can impose a huge economic impact on the agricultural sector.
Ministry inspectors were subsequently called in to inspect the olive trees where they ordered the trailers to return to the mainland with their cargo. Instructions were also given to detail the correct conditions that the trees should have been transported in.
The trailers returned over the weekend, which were checked thoroughly by the Port Police before making their way to their destination.