Plant Health

The Pacific’s fragile ecosystem is constantly at risk from invasive species, pests and diseases. It is therefore vital that sustainable and appropriate management practices are developed and utilized to ensure   sustained productive use of the land. Plant Health aims to promote these practices by utilizing its three main units, entomology, pathology and weeds in undertaking regular surveys of pests and diseases, providing information, creating awareness among farmers,  updating information databases and assisting in eradication activities. 

In the Pacific, coconut is king.
Friday, 05 March 2021 08:04

It charms visitors to our shores, as well as commands the respect of Pacific Islanders that depend on it for their livelihood.

Known regionally as th....

Building a better future for Pacific lands: SPC Soil Scientist Dr. Ellen Iramu
Thursday, 11 February 2021 07:30

Soil is life for the Pacific’s agricultural communities. The fruits of their livelihood feed the region, and are vital year-round, particularly during....

New plant health laboratory launched to boost Pacific food security
Wednesday, 04 November 2020 13:13
Nitesh Nand of Plant Health Team

The Pacific Community (SPC) launched, the first of its kind, plant health laboratory classified at Biosecurity Containment Level 3 in Suva, today.


Armyworm infestation breaches the Pacific
Friday, 04 September 2020 09:32
Fall Armyworm larva

Suva, Fiji - The recent spread of Spodoptera frugiperda, or Fall Armyworm (FAW), in Papua New Guinea’s Western Province is causing concern in the Pa....

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Effective management can help maintain productivity of land resources,stregthen food security, safeguard the environment and increase revenue. Plant Health strives to improve awareness on environmental implications of agricultural practices and offering safer environmentally friendly options.