26 May, 2020
Forestry South Africa publishes inaugural National Forests Pests and Diseases Committee Annual Report
The conclusive 17-page National Forests Pests and Diseases
Committee Annual Report is testament to the collaboration, commitment, expertise and
dedication embedded within the Forestry Sector.
These attributes are particularly encouraging
when tackling the threats posed by pests and diseases, as it is only through
sector-wide collaboration, that we can respond quickly and effectively and find
cost-effective solutions. The public-private partnership of the Sirex Control
Programme is a clear example of this, illustrating the effectiveness of
industry and government collaboration, in ensuring all tree growers, regardless
of size and scope, can have access to successful and sustainable control
This comprehensive report showcases the
research that often goes unnoticed but provides a front line of defense for the
sector as a whole.
"By summarising the research efforts in
this way, Forestry South Africa (FSA) members will not only see how their money
is being effectively spent but understand the leverage it gives the sector when
applying for additional research funding, specifically from the government."
explains Ronald Heath, FSA Director of Research and Protection, "We will
always need to search for new and improved measures to combat the threats to
the sector. Knowing that our sector can produce research of the highest calibre
through collaboration, often involving governmental and international
partnerships fills me with confidence that our sector is suitably capacitated
for the future."
Pests and Diseases Committee and Working Groups
Forests Pests and Diseases Committee's focus is on the prevention of new pest
and disease threats in South Africa, overseeing the shared objectives of
industry-led working groups, that drive the implementation of certain pest and
disease objectives of the National Forest Protection Strategy developed by the
previous Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
groups featured in the report, Eucalyptus Pest and Pathogen Working
Group, Sirex Steering Committee, Wattle Rust Working Group and Timber
Industry Pesticide Working Group (TIPWG), have proven to be effective at
executing focused industry interventions. Functioning largely independently to
manage specific priority pests and diseases of affected FSA members.
Pest and Diseases Committee Annual Report
provides an overview of each Working Group, including their Mission Statement,
funding and focus areas. Active research being undertaken or commissioned by
the Working Groups, as well as research recently concluded, is summarised in
terms of the project aims and status. The 2019 work programme, along with a
summary of 2020 research requirements are provided, as well as a summary of all
the National Forest Pests and Diseases Committee Annual Report - click here.
Source: Forestry South Africa