2020 Vision for a Healthier Planet

The International Year of Plant Health in Australia #IYPH2020

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization are leading the International Year of Plant Health and it is being celebrated here in Australia too! The year was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2018 with the goal being to raise awareness on the importance of protecting plant health globally.

The theme is ‘Protecting Plants, Protecting Life’, acknowledging the impact that plants have on our everyday lives. Plants are the source of the air we breathe and much of the food we eat, despite their significance, plants and the importance of keeping them healthy are often ignored. The focus of #IYPH2020 is on preventing the spread of pests and diseases as these have the greatest impact on our plants; our crops, our environment and our way of life. This prevention is a far more cost effective and realistic goal than attempting to deal with plant health emergencies as they arise. 

Often when established, plant pests and diseases are impossible to eradicate and their management is time consuming and expensive. Prevention is critical in order to avoid the devastating impact they can have on agriculture, livelihoods and food security and many of us have a role to play. By protecting plant health from invasive pests, we can help to increase food security and protect our environment. 

Whether it’s taking time out to admire a neighbourhood tree, planting a school or community garden, looking after your on-farm native vegetation, sowing some perennials, or even just adding some plants to your home, we invite and encourage you to get involved in the celebrations of IYPH2020 in the NAR. 

If you would like to discuss plant health or how to get involved in IYPH2020, please contact our NACC NRM RALFs: Annabelle (e) Annabelle.garratt@nacc.com.au (p) 0448 986 879 or Lizzie (e) lizzie.king@nacc.com.au (p) 0447 361335

Click here for more information http://www.fao.org/plant-health-2020 or check out this YouTube clip!

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