New Canadian Plant Health Council unveiled

There’s been a new council made for the plant health sector. Made up of industry leaders, academia, and various government officials, the Canadian Plant Health Council will convene to set a strategy to combat pests, diseases, and other risks surrounding plants in our country.

The council, made up of 11 members, will implement the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada, with a focus will be put on preventive approaches and activities to protect forests, agriculture, and other plants from pests, diseases, and other risks.

“The opportunity to be a part of a platform that prioritizes plant health-related activities to deliver the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada ensures that Canada’s faculties of agriculture can deliver the appropriate training for new entrants into the agriculture sector and provide new science to protect our country’s plant resource base,” says Dr. Karin Wittenberg, dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba.

According to a news release, the council will develop a focused work plan, and over the next two years, advance key priorities, demonstrating what can be achieved through collaboration between governments, industry, and academia.

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