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The Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum

A collaboration of National Plant Health Services Regional and International Organizations, Government entities, Universities and Reference Laboratories with the common purpose of safeguarding the plant resources of the greater Caribbean Region (GCR) from the threat of quarantine pest; improving plant health through the control and management of existing pests; and expanding production and trade of agricultural commodities; in order to increase food security, protect the unique environment and enhance the quality of life and economic wellbeing of the people of the countries and territories of the Greater Caribbean Region.

Safeguarding Plant Resources

Safeguard our agriculture and nutrition do NOT bring in undeclared agricultural planting material or soil.

Improving Plant Health

Monitor for signs and symptoms of pest/diseases

Protecting Agriculture

Report any suspected signs and symptoms to your Ministry or Department of Agriculture.

WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE CPHD FORUM SOCIAL MEDIA

CPHD FORUM SUCCESS TO DATE

The CPHD Forum, in it's 10+ years of existence has achieved numerous successes and contributed greatly to the plant health and protection sector in the Caribbean region. Here are just a few of CPHD Forum's notable achievements...

Upcoming Events

22Jan, 2020

Jamaica\'s Launch of IYPH 2020

Jamaica is scheduled to launch its activities for the celebration of the International Year of Plant Health 2020 on January 22nd, 2020. A series of events have been scheduled to take place over the course of the year. For schedule of events: IYPH 2020 Calendar of Events Detail - Jamaica  (DOCX) IYPH 2020 Calendar of Events Summary - Jamaica (PDF)

30Jan, 2020

St. Kitts & Nevis Start of IYPH 2020

St. Kitts & Nevis is scheduled to start its activities for the celebration of the International Year of Plant Health 2020 on January 30th, 2020. A series of events have been scheduled to take place over the course of the year. For schedule of events: IYPH 2020 Calendar of Events Summary - St. Kitts & Nevis(PDF)

03Feb, 2020

Workshop on tomato leaf miner (Tuta absoluta Meyrick)

Workshop on phytosanitary surveillance and management of tomato leaf miner (Tuta absoluta Meyrick) February 3-7, 2020 Dominican Republic In May 2018, the tomato leaf miner, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) was detected in Haiti. This was the first report of this important quarantine pest in the Caribbean and represents a serious threat for countries free of this pest in the Caribbean, North and Central AmericaUrgent actions to control, contain and prevent further spread of the pest were recommended during the 12th meeting of the Plant Health Directors Forum (CPHD), held in July 2019 in Bahamas. During week of February 3-7, 2020, The Dominican Republic Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (USDA APHIS), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Organizacion Regional Internacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (OIRSA) will be conducting a workshop on phytosanitary surveillance and management of tomato leaf miner Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) in the Dominican Republic. The workshop will not only target Haitian Plant Health Officials with the participation of DR Plant Health Officials in charge of key areas of T. absoluta surveillance but will also include the participation of two (2) key member states of the CPHD. The objective to the workshop is to provide basic knowledge on Tuta absoluta to field and laboratory personnel on basic tools available to surveillance and control actions according to specific needs.

PRIORITY PEST THREATS

The threat of pest and diseases is real and has the potential to seriously damage our agriculture and food supply. These are some of the priority pests that can affect agriculture and cause a significant economic impact.

Learn about our Technical Working Groups and Sub-Committees

The CPHD comprises of Technical Working Groups and Sub-Committees:

Fruit Fly Technical Working Group

To safeguard the Caribbean from threats and /or the impacts of introduction, economic damage, and spread of tephritid fruit flies through investigation/ research and the provision of advice and training on all matters related to tephritid fruit flies.

Mollusc Technical Working Group

To safeguard the Caribbean from threats and /or the impacts of introduction, economic damage, and spread of plant pests through investigation, research and the provision of advice on all matters related to Molluscs Pest.

Palm Pest Technical Working Group

The general objective of this working group is to safeguard the Caribbean from threats and/or the impacts of introduction, economic damage and spread of pests of palms through scientific investigation/research and the provision of advice on all matters related to pests of palms.

Emergency Preparedness Technical Working Group

To safeguard the Greater Caribbean from threats and/or the impacts from the introduction, establishment, and spread of plant pests by developing an emergency preparedness, response and recovery plan and mechanism for implementation to manage and mitigate pest outbreaks.

Safeguarding Technical Working Group

To assist in providing technical and policy recommendations to the Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD) Forum towards safeguarding the Caribbean economies (and such sectors as agriculture, tourism and the environment) from the impact of introduction, establishment and spread of plant pests.

Musa Technical Working Group

Description coming soon!


Communications Technical Working Group

To focus on all publications related to the Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum.

Caribbean Pest Diagnostic Network

Caribbean Pest Diagnostic Network (CPDN) database provides a collaboration and communication tool for plant inspectors, scouts, consultants, extension personnel and diagnosticians to share information on plant pests.

Regional Pests Lists

Description coming soon!

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CPHD ANNUAL MEETING
Bahamas, 2019

Plant Health Directors from more than 20 countries and territories along with several partner organizations gathered at the Breezes Resort in Nassau, Bahamas for the 12th annual Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD) Forum meeting. During the July 17 to 19 meeting, the plant health officials had intense discussions aimed at bolstering the ability of member countries to identify, exclude, and respond to pests and diseases that threaten regional agriculture and natural resources and to resolve issues that might impede the trade of Caribbean agricultural products regionally and internationally.

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