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Don't Risk Campaign

Dont Risk It Updated 02.08.18 Dual 
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The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine are promoting a “Don’t Risk it!” awareness raising campaign targeted at travellers, tourists and commercial businesses who are bringing plants, plant products and other high risk items made of plant material into Ireland from abroad.  Our objective is to highlight the social, environmental and economic impact of bringing in infected plant material or quarantine pests and diseases into Ireland. These impacts can be enormous.  For example the olive industry, valued at 10’s of millions of Euro, in particular in Italy has been devastated by Xylella fastidiosa , a disease of South American origin, thought to have been brought into Europe on coffee plants from South America.  The risk pathways for entry into Ireland for these quarantine pests and diseases include commercial and private travellers.  The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine carries out physical checks on all regulated and high risk consignments of commercial products from outside the EU, however it is not physically possible for DAFM to check every piece of hand luggage that comes through the airports and ports.  Therefore, by educating the public of the risks by targeting the commercial importer to the amateur gardener to the window box herb grower, we will generate awareness of the serious issues and hopefully reduce the number of unchecked plants and plant products stowed away in people’s luggage.  Below we have provided pest information sheets on all the major pests of concern to our island.