Panama – USA Commission for the Prevention and Eradication of screwworm (COPEG)

The Panama – USA Commission for the Eradication and Prevention of screwworm (COPEG) was created by means of Cooperative Agreement signed on the 11th day of February 1994, between the Ministry of Agricultural Development (acronym in Spanish, MIDA) of Panama and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), furthermore converted to Law within the Republic (No. 13 dated May 06th, 1999) and later recognized as an International Mission.

Pasión de Gavilanes Property
Metetí, Darien

This Cooperative Agreement was created with the sole purpose to plan, design, construct, equip and operate a production plant of sterile flies for screwworms (Cochliomyia hominivorax), as well as to eradicate and prevent its reinfestation, and at the same time to not cause any harm to the environment.

On the 12th day of July, 2006, the country was technically declared as free of plagues and the Production Plant of Sterile Flies in Pacora was inaugurated. The production and dispersion of the sterile insect guarantees the sustainability of the Permanent Biological Barrier for Prevention that is kept from the eastern hemisphere of the province of Panama, all the province of Darien and 20 nautical miles within the Colombian territory; meanwhile the terrestrial epidemiologic surveillance keeps and confirms its control over the fields in order to guarantee no infestation of the plague, including Panama as well as the rest of the Central and North American countries.

Our qualified personnel works with enthusiasm and optimisms towards the satisfaction of our livestock producers and always being aware of our role for continuous improvements. Also we maintain a Quality Management System under the ISO 9001:2008 Standard which allows us by means of our efforts to foster a culture of quality in benefit of the Organization and country.