THE 2018 PHYTOSANITARY CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS PERTINENT ISSUES ON PESTS AND DISEASES

KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi - KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi – Plant Health experts from Kenya, the Eastern African region and COMESA countries will gather for the 2018 Phytosanitary Conference at KEPHIS Headquarters from 4th – 8th June 2018.

 

Hosted in conjunction with the Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence (COPE) the theme of the conference is Phytosanitary Regulation for Improved Trade Facilitation, Safe Food and Food Security. The event will create an opportunity for participants and agricultural stakeholders to hold discussions on emerging issues such as Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs), invasive species and pest outbreaks such as the Fall Armyworm and False Codling Moth. The Fall Armyworm has greatly affected East Africa’s, staple, maize while the False Coddling Moth affects roses among other plants.

The conference will provide a platform to share achievements, challenges and opportunities in application of phytosanitary(plant health) measures towards assuring food security, to provide National Plant Protection Organizations(NPPOs) with an opportunity to create linkages and promote market access regionally and internationally, identify potential areas of collaboration on phytosanitary regulations at regional and international levels in trade facilitation and to share and develop solutions on phytosanitary issues with the industry.

The forum comes following the hugely successful International Phytosanitary Conference held in June 2016 that enabled plant health experts to discuss challenges, successes and emerging issues on diseases and pests. It was attended by over 110 delegates from 25 countries who included representatives from the International Plant Protection Convention, private and public sectors, academia, students and researchers

Inspectors on surveillance scouting for symptoms and drilling to collect samples from coconut trees for detection of coconut lethal yellowing disease


Severe infestations by Papaya mealy bugs (paracoccus marginatus) observed during surveillance in Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi and Taita Taveta counties recently

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