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. 

Responding to Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) incursion in Vanuatu
Tuesday, 28 January 2020 08:41

The recent incursion of Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) into Vanuatu involved a rapid response from SPC Land Resources Division to support local biose....

Assessing risks of pesticides to human and environmental health
Thursday, 30 April 2015 16:18
Suva, Fiji – Improving the skills needed to assess the risks of agricultural pesticides to human and environmental health is the aim of a capacity bui....
SPC hosts meeting on strategies to improve pesticide management in the Pacific region
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 14:44
Pacific Island countries need strong legislation and legal frameworks to regulate the import, distribution and management of chemical pesticides. Addi....
SPC supports production of vegetables that are safe for human consumption
Friday, 20 June 2014 10:33

When laboratory analysis showed that insecticides used by farmers to control the insect pest of Brassica oleracea (cabbage) are no longer effective, f....

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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.