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Department of Plant Protection, Government of Pakistan

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The Department of Plant Protection, Ministry of National Food Security & Research, Government of Pakistan (DPP) performs regulatory, advisory, planning, research and extension roles in the arena of plant protection in Pakistan through its following divisions. 1) Plant Quarantine Division- regulates trans-border movement/ import and export of plant and plant material with under the provisions of Plant Quarantine Act, 1976 and Rules, 1967 and the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) developed under WTO Agreement on Sanitary & Phytosanitary (SPS)/ International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The DPP is designated as the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) under the provisions of IPPC, which is a multilateral treaty, signed by 182 countries, under the auspices of FAO of United Nations. The Phytosanitary Measures includes quarantine inspection & certification, phytosanitary mitigations/ treatments and legal action on violation of regulations. 2) Pesticides Registration Division- regulates registration, standardization, imports, formulation, refilling/repacking and management of pesticides under the Agricultural Pesticides Ordinance, 1971 and Rules, 1973. The DPP has also National Designated Authority (DNA) to International Conventions (Rotterdam 1992, Stockholm 2001, Basal 1994) on Agro-Pesticides. 3) Locust Survey and Control Division- deals locust survey and its management in coordination with FAO and neighboring countries. 4) Aerial Spray and Aerial Pest Control Division / Aerial Wing - management of outbreaks of locust and any pest plagues/ epidemics. 5) Planning Division - coordinates all the sections of DPP, collection and maintenance of all division’s data, formation of action plans for pest free crops, orchards, vegetables areas etc.

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