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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.

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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Upcoming Events

17Jul, 2019

CPHD Forum 12th Meeting

The CPHD 12th Annual Meeting will be held in Bahamas between July 17th – 19th 2019.

16Sep, 2019

Tephritid Fruit Fly Workshop - Identification and Surveillance

The workshop on the Identification and Surveillance of Tephritid Fruit Fly of Economic Importance to the Greater Caribbean Region will be held between September 16th – 20th, 2019 at UWI, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. The training involves fruit fly biology and field identification as well as practical training on the Fruit Fly Monitoring System.

02Dec, 2019

International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) Launch

progetto_senza_titolo_(75)               The International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) launch event will take place at FAO headquarters as a special session of the 163rd session of the FAO Council on Monday, 2 December. Read more on the event: Latest News - IYPH Launch  

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!

Latest News

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International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) Launch

  The International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) launch event will take place at FAO headquarters as a special session of the 163rd session of the FAO Council on Monday, 2 December. The FAO Director-General will open the plant health exhibition at 5:45 pm (CET), followed by the official IYPH 2020 launch event from 6:00 […]

CIRAD Magazine Release – Fusarium Wilt of Bananas Tropical Race 4 (TR4)

Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race 4 (TR4) “What We Really Know About This Disease and Its Impacts”   FruiTrop is an economic research unit set up within the CIRAD , a French research center which, together with the countries of the South, responds to the international challenges of agriculture and development. They’ve published a very informative magazine issue on […]

Jamaica’s Banana And Plantain Industries On High Alert For TR4 Disease

“Jamaica is restricting the importation of banana, plantains and any relatives of the plant family as the country is now on high alert for the Tropical Race 4 (TR4) disease, previously called Panama Disease, which attacks the crops.” as reported in the Jamaica Gleaner. Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw, emphasised that the disease is not in Jamaica, […]

News Article: 2019 International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Regional Workshop for the Caribbean

2019 International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Regional Workshop for the Caribbean Excerpt from IPPC News The 2019 International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Regional Workshop for the Caribbean took place from 10 to 12 September 2019. Representatives from the following 12 Caribbean countries attended the workshop: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, […]

Alert: Colombia confirms that TR4 has hit its banana plantations

According to ScienceMag.org, TR4 has been confirmed in Colombia: “Colombia has declared a national state of emergency following confirmation that a dread fungus has appeared in the country’s banana plantations. The 8 August declaration marks the first time that Fusarium wilt tropical race 4 (TR4), which has devastated crops in Asia, has been confirmed in […]