🌳The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has welcomed the United Nations’ decision to establish an annual International Day of Plant Health, an important issue in addressing global hunger due to pests and diseases. crop damage causing mass crop failure and abandonment, leaving millions of people without enough food. This celebration, held on 12 May every year, was supported by Zambia and unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly in a resolution co-signed by Bolivia, Finland, Pakistan, the Philippines and Tanzania. This day is an important legacy of the International Year of Plant Health, marked in 2020-2021.
🌳Both our health and the health of our planet depend on plants. Plants make up 80% of the food we eat and 98% of the oxygen we breathe, yet they are endangered. Every year, up to 40% of the food crop area is lost due to pests and diseases. This is affecting both food security and agriculture, the main source of income for vulnerable rural communities. Climate change and human activities are altering ecosystems and harming biodiversity while allowing pests to thrive. (1)
🌳The problems of pests that make plants sick and slow to grow are things that we have to face every day. For non-organic farming, everything can be easily solved by pesticides and pesticides, but this will make trees dependent and lead to many environmental and human health consequences. people and earth. But with organic farming it is quite the opposite. For healthy trees to give good soil, it can take 4-5 years. During the conversion period we must increase the amount of biomass and organic matter.
🌳We are organic farmers ourselves, so we understand our role and mission in protecting plants for both people and the planet. Each of our actions is concerned with the growth of the tree and how to keep the tree healthy, by: ✅Raise awareness of the importance of plant health through understanding and complying with international organic certification, with regard to climate change.
✅Management of pests and diseases by activities: inspecting gardens and plants regularly, creating an environment for beneficial insects (natural enemies) to develop, intercropping short- and long-term plants, using inoculants bio-based materials from nature that are safe for the environment.
✅Invest in improving soil quality to always have enough organic matter, aeration, moisture, stable pH, adequate nutrients, and a thriving soil flora.
✅Record data on pests and diseases to serve the application of science and technology in pest control.
🌳Each of us needs a green earth to live, work and enjoy happiness. Growing a tree and taking care of its health or supporting the work of an organic farmer is another way to start taking care of your surroundings. The task of protecting plant health is not only ours, but also yours. A little you, a little me, a healthy tree will make the Earth healthy. Right?
Source: International Day of Plant Health, 12 May | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (fao.org)