As part of the International Year of Plant Health, Belgium dedicates a special 2 Euro coin to plant health at the occasion of the IYPH 2020. Six hundred thousand (600,000) of these coins will be put into circulation throughout the year 2020.
“The Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment of Belgium and the Royal Mint of Belgium issued a 2 Euro commemorative coin to promote the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020. In presenting this special initiative, the Belgian Minister of Agriculture, Mr Denis Durcame, highlighted the importance of raising awareness of plant health in European Union countries. To reach this public awareness objective, 600 000 coins will be put into circulation during the year, as the outcome of a close cooperation with FAO.”
The Belgian Minister at the official launch event that took place at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences stressed that “We must continue to protect the plants. They not only feed us, but also play a major role in our ecosystem – just think of the vital role of photosynthesis. At the same time plants represent a fully-fledged economic sector. This 2 Euro coin, issued within the framework of the International Year of Plant Health, will allow the general public to be more aware of the importance of protecting our plants!”
Source: IPPC News and Events (Website link)