Plant Protection Service (PD) /
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Horticulture Research International
P.O. Box 9102
The Plant Protection Service (PD) - an agency of the Ministry of Agriculture - is responsible for diagnosing, managing and controlling pests and diseases in the crop sector.
Its aim is to promote a sustainable, competitive and safe agriculture, prevent trade barriers and preserve the Dutch countryside. A sustainable, safe and competitive agriculture cannot be realized without reducing the use of (chemical) pesticides and decreasing the dependence on (chemical) crop protection agents. Education and the search for alternatives to 'traditional' growing methods are also important in this respect, as are preventing the introduction and spread of plant pests and diseases.
The Plant Protection Service has the following tasks:
- to (co-)prepare and implement plant health policy;
- to inspect plant products imported from countries outside the EU (third countries);
- to inspect plant products exported to countries outside the EU (third countries);
- to issue phytosanitary certificates;
- to diagnose plant pests and diseases;
- to manage and control plant pests and diseases;
- to evaluate the agricultural efficacy of pesticides;
- to participate in international phytosanitary and phytopharmaceutical affairs (EU, EPPO, FAO, WHO);
- to transfer knowledge and give advice.
Hours of Sunshine
agricultural crops, horticultural crops
plant health (diagnosis, crop protection, inspection)