The UK’s Plant Biosecurity Strategy 2023 to 2028

The UK’s Plant Biosecurity Strategy 2023 to 2028

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) welcomes the Government launching its five-year GB Biosecurity Strategy. Significantly, the strategy proposes to increase the level of collaboration between Defra and industry in order to facilitate safe trade and reduce the risks posed by pests and diseases.

Additionally, Defra outlines plans for a campaign aimed at the general public to increase awareness of the importance of plants, as well as improved plant health understanding at educational level. HTA is a signatory to the Plant Health Accord, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of plant health to the public.

The four overarching themes proposed in the strategy include:

  1. A world class biosecurity regime
  2. A society that values plant health
  3. A biosecure plant supply chain
  4. An enhanced technical capability.

Jennifer Pheasey, HTA’s Director of Public Affairs commented, “HTA welcomes the GB Plant Biosecurity Strategy launched today. We will continue to engage with our members and Defra on this strategy in order to implement its key themes and enhance British biosecurity, which is a top priority for our sector.

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