The PPRSD was established in 1965 by an Act of Parliament: Prevention and Control of Pests and Diseases OF Plants Act, 307 now replaced by “Plants and Fertilizer Act, 2010 (Act 803). The PPRSD is the National Institution with the mandate and capacity to organize, regulate, implement and coordinate the plant protection services needed for the country in support of sustainable growth and development of Agriculture. The national plant protection policy is Integrated Pest Management, IPM (1992).
To render efficient, environmentally safe and economically sustainable plant protection and regulatory services that will be meeting the requirements of the clientele and thus contributing to increased food and raw material production.
To provide services in order to safeguard quality and plants of crop from losses by pests and diseases.
To contribute to sustainable reduction of crop losses caused by pests and diseases, currently estimated at 30-50%, to about 10-15%, with substantially reduced use of hazardous chemicals.
The Directorate is structured into four Divisions:
The Directorate offers Public Services to: Extensionists, Farmers, Importers/Exporters of Agricultural goods, Pesticide Dealers and Applicators, Seed Producers and Dealers, Fertilizer Dealers, Consuming Public and coordinates compliance with obligations in Multilateral Plant Protection Agreements.
The Division derives its mandate from Part I of the “Plants and Fertilizer Act” Act 803 ( 2010)
The Crop Pests & Disease Management Division develops Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), guidelines for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of food crops.
The division carries out training and provides comprehensive diagnostic and identification services of plant pests and diseases for stakeholders, monitors the pest situation in the country, ensures effective control of plant pests, manages calamity pest outbreaks (e.g. armyworms, grasshoppers etc), and carries out classical bio-control measures (mass rearing and release of bio-agents), and serves as secretariat for National Fruit Fly Management Committee and National IPM programme.
(Part II of Plants and Fertiliser Act, 2010) (Act 803)
The Division supports the production of quality seeds and planting materials. This is achieved through; field inspection, training of major stakeholders, laboratory analysis on seed samples, monitoring quality of seed and seed certification.
The Division derives its mandate from the following Acts: Part III of Plants and Fertilizer Act 803 (2010) and Part II of Environmental Protection Agency Act 490 (1994)
The Division supervises and trains Regulatory Inspectors, publishes information materials, registers and trains pesticides and fertilizer dealers and applicators, keeps records as well as statistics of pesticides and fertilizers and manages pesticide and fertilizer stocks in the country. It supervises bio-efficacy trials carried out by research.
The mandate of the division is found in “Part I of Plants and Fertilizer Act.” 2010 (Act 803)
The Division works closely with the customs authorities (CEPS) at all the official entry points. It supervises and trains Phytosanitory Inspectors, develops and publishes information material, keeps records of plant imports and exports, the importers and exporters, as well as the pests and diseases of quarantine importance. It issues phytosanitary certificates and import permits. It also operates the SPS Enquiry Point. The Division also carries out inspection on marketing quality standards on fresh fruits and vegetables for export. Implementation of relevant International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) are implemented by the Division.
For further information contact;
Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate
P. O.Box M 37
Tel: +233 (0) 302 990 404