Plant health under the spotlight in Rome

Bactrocera dorsalis, the Oriental fruit fly, is one of world’s most destructive agricultural pests. FAO @ PHOTO

Efforts are under way to get the United Nations to declare an international year of plant health, to highlight its importance for food security.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that pests and diseases can have disastrous consequences on agricultural production.

FAO is this week hosting the annual meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) at its headquarters in Rome.

The CPM, among other things, reviews and establishes international standards on measures that govern how agricultural products should be handled during trade.

Sandra Ferrari caught up with Craig Fedchock, the Coordinator of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) hosted by FAO, and first asked him how much damage is caused by plant and pest diseases each year.

Duration: 3'16"

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