- THE 2018 PHYTOSANITARY CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS PERTINENT ISSUES ON PESTS AND DISEASES
KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi – Plant Health experts from Kenya, the Eastern African region and COMESA countries will gather in June for the 2018 Phytosanitary Conference at KEPHIS Headquarters in Nairobi. 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 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, a key Kenyan horticultural export, among other plants.
Inspectors from KEPHIS Mombasa regional office on surveillance scouting for symptoms and drilling to collect samples from coconut trees for detection of coconut lethal yellowing disease. The upcoming 2018 Phytosanitary Conference will discuss pests and diseases affecting trade and agricultural production.
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.
Severe infestations by Papaya mealy bugs (paracoccus marginatus) observed during surveillance in Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi and Taita Taveta counties. The upcoming Phytosanitary Conference 2018 will discuss pests and diseases affecting trade and agricultural production.
The event comes following the hugely successful inaugural International Phytosanitary Conference held in 2016 where plant health experts converged at KEPHIS, which is Kenya's NPPO and discussed all matters plants health. 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.
- KEPHIS TO HOST PLANT HEALTH EXPERTS IN A MEETING TO DISCUSS PLANT HEALTH (PHYTOSANITARY) ISSUES
KEPHIS in conjunction with the Center of Phytosanitary Excellence, the Government of Kenya and USAID (Feed the Future) plan to conduct the 2nd phytosanitary (Plant Health) conference which is set to take place from 4th to 8th June 2018 at the KEPHIS Head Quarters Nairobi. The conference whose theme is “Phytosanitary Systems for Safe Trade and Food Security” is geared towards answering all Plant health issues by bringing phytosanitary experts from the East African Community and COMESA countries together to create an opportunity for all in the Agricultural trade to share their successes and challenges as well as offer an opportunity to discuss emerging issues such as Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs), invasive species and pest outbreaks. The forum also seeks to provide an opportunity for the NPPOs in Africa to share their experiences, create linkages, and promote market access within Africa and to identify potential areas of cooperation on phytosanitary regulation at regional and international levels.
The conference will address key thematic areas in the phytosanitary sector among them phytosanitary systems used in pest surveillance, import control and quarantine regulations in phytosanitary systems, pests diagnostics in phytosanitary systems, export control in phytosanitary systems, industry participation in phytosanitary systems, technologies and innovation in phytosanitary systems, food safety issues in phytosanitary systems (MRLs, Heavy metals and Aflatoxins), Cross-cutting issues in phytosanitary systems which will include legal requirements, communication in phytosanitary, GMOs, Biosafety and emerging phytosanitary issues. A practical field day will also be held during the conference to see application of the issues in the conference themes.
Fall army warm (Spodoptera frugiperda) infestation in maize
This comes at a time when plant health is at higher risk in Kenya and Africa at large owing to the Fall Army Worm which has greatly affected East Africa’s staple, maize while the False Coddling Moth affecting roses, a key Kenyan horticultural export, among other plants.
The phytosanitary conference will provide a platform for discussing both sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures aimed at protecting people, animals and plants from diseases, pests or contaminants without hindering safe trade. Various phytosanitary measures to be looked into entail legislations, regulations or official procedures with an aim of preventing the introduction and spread of quarantine pests.
False Codling Moth (Thaumatotibia leucotreta) infestation in flowers
ABOUT 100 EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE 2018 PHYTOSANITARY CONFERENCE
As KEPHIS prepares to host the 2nd annual phytosanitary conference which is scheduled to take place in two weeks’ time, more than 100 delegates, from the East African Community and COMESA countries are expected to attend. The delegates will include plant health experts representing NPPOs, Government (Regulatory agencies, policy makers, and extension agents), private industry including farmers, exporter organizations and others. Also present will be the International Plant protection Convention (IPPC), International Organizations and NGOs, Academic and Research Institutions, Donor Agencies, The Inter-African Phytosanitary Council (IAPSC) as well as RECs (COMESA, EAC, SADC, and ECOWAS).
Speakers from different nationalities are expected to attend and address plant health issues as well as food safety issues in phytosanitary systems, keenly looking into technologies and innovation in phytosanitary systems, food safety issues in phytosanitary systems, pest diagnostics, import/export control and quarantine regulations, industry participation and pest surveillance in phytosanitary systems.
Representatives from the European Union, USAID, county governments, Secretary General of the International Plant Protection Convention, Kenyan Ambassador Belgium, CS Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation are also expected to attend the forum.