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Modernization of the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 8 on Determination of Pest Status

Posted on Tue, 03 Oct 2017, 14:18

In 2011, the Global Survey undertaken by the Implementation Review and Support System identified ISPM 8 on Determination of pest status in an area as one of the most essential IPPC standards. The revision of this standard, originally agreed to in 1998, was long overdue to ensure its compatibility with current days’ systems and other IPPC standards since then adopted by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures.

The meeting to revise ISPM 8, which was excellently co-organized by the Vietnamese National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO), took place in Hanoi, Viet Nam, from 18 to 23 September 2017, and was chaired by ...

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Trinidad and Tobago launches new online application form for permits to import plant products

Posted on Tue, 03 Oct 2017, 09:12

Photo Copyright MALF 2017.

Importing plant and plant products just got a lot easier in Trinidad and Tobago. Importers can now apply online for authorization to bring regulated plant material into their country. The new online form allows traders to apply for plant trade permits using a secure and user-friendly application, from their homes and on their mobile devices.

According to Deputy Director Research (Ag.) in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (MALF), Deanne Ramroop, the simplified electronic process facilitates a ‘one-stop’ shop for plant import permit applications, which will not only reduce processing times but cater to increased ...

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Blobby purple ‘Xylellu’ character to promote awareness about Xylella fastidiosa

Posted on Fri, 29 Sep 2017, 10:26

The Maltese NPPO, Plant Protection Directorate (PPD), has been hands-on with its constant endeavors and initiatives to raise awareness in keeping away the devastating Xylella fastidiosa pest away from its shores.

Through the introduction of its ‘Xylellu’, a purplish menacing character specifically created as the mascot of a campaign co-funded by the European Union under the financial instrument of Regulation (EU) 652/2014, the NPPO has been conveying its message to the general public to refrain from bringing back home after travelling any plants which could easily be infected without any visible symptoms.

In order to reach the widest audience ...

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Eastern Australia and the Ord River: Australian pest free areas for Mediterranean fruit fly

Posted on Tue, 26 Sep 2017, 09:50

A roadside fruit fly host material amnesty bin to protect to protect Australia’s pest free areas

In Australia, Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) has a limited distribution in some parts of Western Australia. Its movement to the central and eastern states of Australia is inhibited by a hostile desert environment separating the west from the east. This forms a natural barrier which has supported the establishment of pest free areas for Medfly in central and Eastern Australia and the Ord River irrigation areas in northern Western Australia.

There is approximately 1500km of arid land separating the eastern states and territories ...

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The 2017 IPPC Regional Workshop for Africa successfully Held in Lomé, Togo

Posted on Tue, 26 Sep 2017, 09:08

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The 2017 IPPC Regional Workshop for Africa was held from 11 - 13 September 2017 in Lomé, Togo, with presence of 22 participants from 14 different contracting parties in the region. The workshop was jointly organized by the IPPC Secretariat, the Regional Plant Protection Organization (RPPO) for Africa, the Inter-African Phytosanitary Council, and the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of Togo. The workshop was opened by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Water Resources of Togo, Nèmè Bali and the Director of the NPPO of Togo, Atsu Tagba. Damas Mamba Mamba (Democratic Republic of the ...

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The 2017 IPPC Regional Workshop for the Caribbean Successfully Held in Bridgetown, Barbados

Posted on Thu, 21 Sep 2017, 11:23

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The 2017 IPPC Regional Workshop for the Caribbean was held from 13 – 15 September 2017 in Bridgetown, Barbados. The workshop was jointly organized by the FAO Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean, the newly formed Regional Plant Protection Organization (RPPO) the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). The workshop was chaired by Mr Michael James and vice-chaired by Deanne Ramroop, and attended by 19 participants from 11 countries. The Representative of the IICA Barbados Delegation Mrs Ena Harvey, the Plant Production and Protection Officer from FAO Barbados Dr ...

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The IPPC Secretary Meets with the Minister of Agriculture of Georgia

Posted on Thu, 21 Sep 2017, 11:16

2017 Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia. IPPC Secretary Jingyuan Xia meets with the Georgian Minister of Agriculture Levan Davitashvili.

Mr. Levan Davitashvili, the Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, met with Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary on 5 September during the 2017 IPPC/FAO Regional Workshop for Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) held 5-8 September 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Workshop was hosted by the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture with a special support from the China-FAO South South Cooperation (SSC) Programme, and co-organized with the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (FAO REU), the FAO ...

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The 2017 IPPC Regional Workshop for Latin America Successfully Held in Cusco, Peru

Posted on Thu, 14 Sep 2017, 14:21

The 2017 IPPC Regional Workshop for Latin America was held from 05 – 08 September 2017, in Cusco, Peru. The Workshop was jointly organized by the IPPC Secretariat and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs) Comunidad Andina (CAN), Comite Regional de Sanidad Vegetal del Cono Sur (COSAVE) and Organismo Internacional Regional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (OIRSA), as well as the Peru National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO), SENASA Peru.

The workshop was chaired by Mr Ezequiel Ferro (Argentina) and vice-chaired by Ms Vilma Gutarra (Peru). The Executive Director of SENASA Cusco, Mr José Sotomayor Pineda ...

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An Official Launch of the Inception for the IPPC Project on Capacity Development under the Framework of FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme

Posted on Wed, 13 Sep 2017, 09:14

IPPC 2017. The IPPC/FAO Regional Workshop participants for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia convene during special session on official launch of the inception of the IPPC Project on Capacity Development under the Framework of FAO-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) Programme in Tbilisi, Georgia.

During the occasion of the 2017 IPPC/FAO Regional Workshop for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) in Tbilisi Georgia, 5 - 8 September 2017, a special session was organized to officially launch the Inception of the Project on Capacity Development under the Framework of FAO-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) Programme. Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the ...

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The 2017 IPPC Regional Workshop for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia Successfully Held in Georgia

Posted on Tue, 12 Sep 2017, 16:59

IPPC 2017. 2017 IPPC/FAO Regional Workshop participants convene in Tbilisi Georgia.

The 2017 IPPC/FAO Regional Workshop for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) was held from 5 – 8 September 2017, in Tbilisi, Georgia. The workshop received special support through the FAO-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) Programme as well as the contributions and co-organization from the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU), the FAO Subregional Office for Central Asia (SEC), the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) and the National Food Agency of Georgia.

The workshop was chaired by Mr. Ringoolds Arnitis (EPPO/Latvia ...

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IPPC Secretariat and the FAO Sub-regional Office for Central Asia work together towards increasing accessibility of IPPC training guides to Russian speaking countries

Posted on Wed, 06 Sep 2017, 09:18

FAO AZ, 2016, Inception meeting of the MTF/AZE/007/STF: STDF/PG/316 Strengthening phytosanitary inspection and diagnostic services in Republic of Azerbaijan

Cooperation by way of the project MTF /AZE/007/STF Strengthening phytosanitary inspection and diagnostic services in Azerbaijan and the STDF/PG/350 project “Global Phytosanitary Manuals, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Training Kits Project” has resulted in the translation of a total of five IPPC Guidelines into Russian. The two latest Russian translations cover the Operation of a National Plant Protection Organization and Establishing a National Plant Protection Organization.

The importance of these guidelines to ...

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The 2017 IPPC Regional Workshop for the Near East and North Africa Successfully Held in Tunisia

Posted on Tue, 22 Aug 2017, 17:06

21-24 August 2017: Fifteen Near East and North Africa countries have been gathered in Tunis (Tunisia) from the 21st to the 24th of August 2017 at the invitation of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat and the Regional Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization for the Near East and North Africa Region (FAO-RNE). The annual regional workshop aims at strengthening phytosanitary capacities for effective enforcement of internationally harmonized standards for phytosanitary measures to prevent the introduction of plant pests to their countries, while facilitating the international trade of plant products.

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is an ...

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Test the pest! - Two new IPPC Diagnostic Protocols adopted

Posted on Thu, 17 Aug 2017, 12:22

The IPPC Secretariat is happy to announce that there are two new diagnostic protocols (DPs), which have been adopted by the Standards Committee (SC) on behalf of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) as the DP Notification Period just closed on the 15 August 2017. These two newly adopted DPs are:

• DP 23: Phytophthora ramorum (2004-013)

• DP 24: Tomato spotted wilt virus, Impatiens necrotic spot virus and Watermelon silver mottle virus (2004-019)

These two newly adopted DPs should help countries prevent the entry or establishment of pests from some of the important commodities traded globally, such as many species of ...

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Strong Support to the IPPC Validation Workshop on the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation from Madagascar

Posted on Tue, 15 Aug 2017, 01:28

The validation Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation workshop for Madagascar receives the support of the Government

On the 8th and 9th of August, FAO Madagascar hosted the workshop on the validation of the results of the evaluation of phytosanitary capacities in Madagascar. Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Rivo RAKOTOVAO, opened the workshop which stands as is the culmination of the work carried out by the Directorate of Plant Protection (DPV) in collaboration with national public and private actors concerned by the phytosanitary sector and financed by the African Solidarity Fund (ASTF). Sarah Brunel, Programme Officer for Implementation Facilitation and Alphonsine Louhouari, Phytosanitary ...

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