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Workshop on FAO regional project on preventing Xylellafastidiosa» bacteria- Syndrome of rapid decline of olive trees in the region

Early detection, diagnosis, monitoring and phytosanitary measures

Opening ceremony of the Workshop on launching and planning of FAO regional project

29th August 2016 - Tunis: A workshop on launching and planning of activities related to FAO project started today 29th August 2016 in Tunis and will continue till 2nd September 2016.Countries participating in the project are: Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. They will be represented in the official launching of this project which aims to support efforts made by governments to reduce the risk of the appearance and spread of the «Xylellafastidiosa» bacteria. The objective is to counter the adverse health effects on olive trees and other host plants.

In response to requests by the governments of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, FAO has prepared this technical cooperation project to develop an emergency plan, and prevent the appearance of the disease in the crops of the countries in the region.This will be achieved through capacity building of technical staff and farmers in terms of early detection, diagnosis, monitoring, and phytosanitary measures.

The complexity of the host of the «Xylellafastidiosa» bacteria and its diverse modes of movement increase the risk of its appearance in the countries of the region, given the movement of potentially infected host plants through trade activities.To this effect, it is compellingly urgent to review and strengthen the phytosanitary measures adopted in the region and set up a harmonized surveillance program in the countries of the region.

The project will strengthen the capacity of the institutions’ technical staff and farmers on early detection, diagnosis, monitoring, and phytosanitary measures, and will provide the country with plans for monitoring and management action of the «Xylellafastidiosa» bacteria at the national level.

In addition to designing an action plan for the operational implementation of this response, experts will highlight, in their interventions during this workshop, the importance of enforcing rules which have to be accompanied with a nationwide awareness of the problem.Awareness programs should target all stakeholders and technical parties on the danger of this disease, and its spreading modes should be identified. Thus, the project will ensure that all stakeholders and partners in concerned countries participate actively in its implementation in an activity-wisemanner, through awareness programs aiming to promote preventive measures against this bacteria.


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