Calls for greater vig­i­lance over forestry

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

THE UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly’s adop­tion of a res­o­lu­tion pro­claim­ing 2020 as the In­ter­na­tional Year of Plant Health (IYPH) has been wel­comed by An­drew Doyle TD, Min­is­ter of State at the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Ma­rine.

The aim of the year is to in­crease pub­lic and pol­icy mak­ers’ aware­ness of the im­por­tance of healthy plants and the ne­ces­sity to pro­tect them in or­der to achieve the UN Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals.

Min­is­ter of State Doyle com­mented: ‘this year the Depart­ment em­barked on de­vel­op­ing a new Plant Health Strat­egy which will com­ple­ment the In­ter­na­tional Year of Plant Health and fur­ther help raise aware­ness around the im­por­tance of plant health. I urge stake­hold­ers to con­tinue to en­gage in the devel­op­ment of the strat­egy. A draft of the doc­u­ment will be avail­able on the Depart­ment’s web­site shortly for pub­lic com­ment’.

The Min­is­ter con­tin­ued: ‘rais­ing aware­ness among in­dus­try and cit­i­zens by cam­paigns such as the ‘Don’t Risk It’ cam­paign and be­ing pre­pared for new chal­lenges will be key to re­duc­ing the risk to for­est and plant health in Ire­land. I am call­ing on the forestry and hor­ti­cul­tural sec­tors to be ex­tra vig­i­lant re­gard­ing main­tain­ing Ire­land’s good plant health sta­tus and to re­port any ill health con­cerns to the Depart­ment’.

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