Posted on January 03, 2020

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), represented in the agricultural quarantine offices of the Agricultural Affairs Department, inspected 5,682 consignments of various types of imported agricultural shipments, such as plants and production inputs products, across all customs points in the country in December. 

The quarantine offices destroyed 19 shipments weighing 6.23 tonnes for violating the agricultural quarantine law and being largely infected with quarantine and non-quarantine pests. The agricultural quarantine is a first line of defence for protection from agricultural infections. The preventive procedure aims to protect the country's agricultural wealth from foreign-originated pests. It also requires that all plants, agricultural products and any other materials shall be subject to phytosanitary regulations for its procedures and to ensure that other agricultural production inputs are in conformity with the conditions and specifications.