Ireland: Minister for food, forestry and horticulture launches plant health and biosecurity strategy

The Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle, T.D., today launched DAFM’s Plant Health and Biosecurity Strategy

This strategy outlines the importance of plant health biosecurity for Ireland, as well as ensuring that all relevant stakeholders are aware of the risks to plant health in Ireland, and their role and responsibilities to reduce that risk.

The Minister pointed out that “This Plant Health Biosecurity Strategy is Ireland’s response to a number of critical factors including the increasing emerging threats that we face from growing global trade in plants and plant products with the associated movement of new and emerging plant pests and diseases.”

Ireland is recognised as having a favourable plant health status which means that many of the pests and diseases of plants which are present elsewhere are still absent from Ireland. A fully functional and efficient biosecurity system helps to protect our forestry, horticulture and wider agriculture sectors, including tillage and grassland. The strategy will also play an important role in protecting the wider environment.


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