In Tunisia, nearly 70 million dinars (€21.7 mln) have been earmarked for national projects geared towards the prevention and fight against transboundary pests. This was reported by Director-General of Plant Health and Agricultural Input Control at the Agriculture Ministry, Mohamed Habib Ben Jemaa.
Ben Jemaa was speaking at an awareness-raising event on transboundary pest and disease prevention held in Mahdia, last Tuesday. Recommendations of the event were focused on creating a national watchdog committee, which should be tasked with devising fight and follow-up plans and formulating a national strategy for the prevention and eradication of cactus mealybugs.
It was also agreed to increase awareness, training and scientific research progams for the fight against transboundary diseases, in addition to relevant research programs.