Workshop and video clips on plant biosecurity awareness launched by Minister Gobin
A workshop focused on raising awareness of plant biosecurity and two video clips in English and Mauritian Creole on the subject, were launched this morning by the Attorney General, Minister of Agribusiness and Food Security, Mr. Maneesh Gobin, at the hotel Le Labourdonnais, Caudan, in Port-Louis.
The initiative is jointly organized by the Ministry of Agribusiness and Food Safety, the National Plant Protection and Food Safety Office and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. (FAO) as part of the Support for the operationalization of the SADC regional agricultural policy (STOSAR).
The objective is to obtain the collaboration of all parties concerned for the coordinated control and management of transboundary pests and diseases of plants and animals through networking between plant protection authorities, control agencies at borders, specialists in plant health and analysis laboratories, farmers and other relevant stakeholders (airlines, shipping companies, importers, exporters, etc.).
In his remarks on the occasion, Minister Gobin underlined the key objective of the plant biosecurity awareness campaign, which is to ensure that all frontline workers with direct contact with plants and animals , are fully aware of the threats, risks and precautions to be taken in terms of biosecurity. taken to prevent the spread of exotic pests. He stressed the need for frontline workers, including farmers, agents working in shipping lines, importers, exporters and fishery officers, to be continually trained on existing biosecurity protocols.
Mauritius as a small island is vulnerable and it is crucial to protect its agricultural economy and natural resources, the minister stressed.
Mr Gobin also urged the public to consider the potential consequences of importing and breeding exotic animals such as ornamental fish, as they can turn into invasive species if released in the ecosystem.
SADC Regional Agricultural Policy Project
The SADC Regional Agricultural Policy Project (STOSAR) is funded by FAO. The project aims for the coordinated control and management of transboundary pests and diseases of plants and animals through networking between plant protection authorities, veterinary authorities, plant and animal health specialists and research laboratories. ‘testing of the region.
The project also aims to strengthen information sharing and improve market access through effective plant and animal disease control strategies. A number of nationally recommended and recognized strategies are being developed for the prevention of the entry of invasive quarantine pests.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Republic of Mauritius.