Tuesday, 28 January 2020
The United Nations has declared 2020 ‘International Year of Plant Health. Led by the global UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, the aim is to highlight the importance of protecting plants and is putting a spotlight on biosecurity.
With plant industries contributing over $30 billion annually, the protection of plant health is not only vital for the environment but the economy, food security and trade.
The Australian International Year of Plant Health 2020 steering committee is looking to have government, industry and communities collaborate and help build a solid foundation for a stronger, more sustainable future for growers.
A large focus has been placed on establishing effective plant protection programs, with the initiative hoping to inspire Australians to recognise their role in minimising the threat of pests and diseases.