March 4th – 5th, 2009


Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat Headquarters, Georgetown, Guyana


The First Meeting of the Caribbean Plant Health Directors, was convened at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat Headquarters, Georgetown, Guyana on April 23rd – 25th, 2008, in collaboration with the Inter- American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA),United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) , the French Agricultural research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) and Caribbean Agricultural research and Development Institute (CARDI).
At the meeting the Plant Health Directors provided information on other pests that are a threat to either the Caribbean as a whole, or individual countries, and will also examine the possibility of the establishment of Pest Free Areas.
Reports on work being done in the prevention and management of plant pests were also presented by institutions in the Caribbean and beyond, including the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI).