2020 The International Year of Plant Health

 

International Year of Plant Health 2020 (IYPH 2020) was officially declared by the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on 20th December 2018.
Why an IYPH 2020?
National, regional and global plant health organizations need to raise awareness of the importance and positive impacts of plant health in addressing issues of global importance, including hunger, poverty, threats to the environment and economic development.
Why do we need to raise awareness for plant health?
·In recent years the risks of pest movement and introduction into new areas have increased dramatically.
· Increased trade in plant commodities and products and the effects of climate change provide easier opportunities for pests, weeds and disease causing organisms to enter establish and spread into new environments.
·Over the same time period, the human and monetary resources of plant health services and plant protection research and educational services have consistently decreased.
To tackle these challenges, it is essential to raise the awareness of the importance of plant health to both decision-makers and the general public.

Upcoming News & Events

Pictorials from the KEPHIS and NYS aeroponics field day

Pictorials from the KEPHIS, the National Youth Service (NYS) and KALRO Potato Technologies field day at Tumaini, Nyandarua County

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Aeroponics to Boost Potato Production and Food Security

Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil or an aggregate medium. The word 'aeroponic' is derived from the Greek meanings of aer "air" and ponos "labour".

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Preventing pests and diseases is better than management and everyone has a role to play

Nairobi - The International Year of Plant Health was inaugurated yesterday in Nairobi, with a call that nations increase awareness on the importance and positive impacts of plant health in addressing hunger, poverty, threats to the environment and economic development.

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KEPHIS Assists West Pokot Flood Victims

Kapenguria, West Pokot - KEPHIS joined other Kenyans of goodwill in helping those in West Pokot that have been affected by devastating floods. Over 50 people have died and thousands displaced in the county where bridges have been washed away, rivers have overflown their banks thus cutting off communications and many displaced from their homes by heavy rains that have been pounding the county.

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KEPHIS trains persons with disabilities on fruit tree farming in Embu County

Embu – Fifty persons with disabilities (PWDs) were trained by KEPHIS on the importance of fruit tree farming in Embu County. 

The training, which included practical demonstration of grafting, was aimed at enabling the Big 4 Agenda by encouraging the farmers to plant fruit trees such as mangoes and avocadoes and nuts such as cashew and macadamia.

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