Coronovirus outbreak appears between Waves of Plants Theft in the Philippines


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The epidemic in the Philippines has set off a wave of theft. Target? Plant.

The government has been monitoring social media and patrolling protected natural areas, amid reports of traders and plantations of mountains and forests, including plants and forests, including endangered species, from lock-down Filipinos craving some greenery in their homes To meet the sudden increase in demand. .

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Workers plant pot at a nursery in Batangas, Philippines on 12 September.

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“There is a celebration among illegal collectors and collectors because the market is larger and prices are more attractive,” said Rogelio Demilit, an ecosystem expert at the country’s biodiversity management bureau. “People are buying and growing plants due to boredom with quarantine.”

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Demallete said carnivorous pitcher plants and benting trees are popular in crafting bonsai. Agents of the bureau, hampered by quarantine restrictions, are working with the National Bureau of Investigation to capture illegal legacies and traders from “vulnerable” and “endangered” species such as Alcocia zabrina and Alcocia joceriana.

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