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Tunisia examines gaps and priorities for interventions to control different pests

The real and participative Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation of Tunisia, the identification of the gaps and the priorities of interventions to be retained to prevent and fight against the different pests of cultures in Tunisia are the main objectives of the first workshop of the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) held from 13 to 15 March 2018 in Tunis.

According to a statement issued Tuesday in Tunis by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the workshop is part of a regional project to strengthen quarantine pest management in the Maghreb country.

Through this project, FAO is consolidating a strategic partnership between the Ministries of Agriculture in the North African countries, the Arab Maghreb Union and the Near East Plant Protection Organization (NEPPO ), to strengthen their capacity to control and prevent the risk of introduction of plant diseases and pests in these countries. Several stakeholders are engaged in this PCE which can last between 6 months and one year.

Michael Hage, FAO Coordinator for North Africa and FAO Representative in Tunisia, commended Tunisia’s commitment and efforts at the opening of this workshop and affirmed that by conducting this PCE, Tunisia expresses will to perfect its national system of prevention and fight.

He said the PCE is a confidential tool that can generate data for the relevant government departments to assess the capacity gap between the current situation and that which will be needed to meet the requirements of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and its International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM).

Besides, the conduct of the PCE may lead to the revision of phytosanitary legislation, if necessary. All data and information produced is at the discretion of the country, which will be able to develop strategic plans, prioritise activities and resources to improve the efficiency of the entire phytosanitary system of the country.

The formulation of this sound strategic planning framework can also serve as a basis for dialogues with aid donors and thus improve access to potential sources of funding, the statement said.

On the Maghreb scale, the FAO emphasises in its communique working on several fronts to manage and prevent the spread of various pests and parasites such as the Desert Locust, the red palm weevil, the green scale of the palm, the cactus scale or cross-border plant diseases, such as Xylella Fastidiosa.

Source: TAP News Agency

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