Plant Quarantine & Phytosanitary Service

The Plant Quarantine and Phytosanitary Service (PQPS) is under the Plant Protection and Quarantine Division, in the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) at Mount Makulu Central Research Station, under the Ministry of Agriculture (MA)more


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Welcome to Plant Quarantine & Phytosanitary Service, Zambia
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The Plant Quarantine and Phytosanitary Service (PQPS) is the National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) of Zambia. PQPS is a section under the Plant Protection and Quarantine Division of the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI). ZARI is a department under the Ministry of Agriculture (MA). Zambia is a signatory to the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) which is recognized by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as the international standard setting body for plant health. The IPPC recognizes PQPS as the National Contact Point (NCP) for plant health in Zambia while the WTO recognizes PQPS as the National Enquiry Point (NEP) for plant health in Zambia.

Latest Updates on Import/Exports

Exports to South Africa

Zambia has in the recent past engaged the National Plant Protection Organisation of South Africa (NAPPOZA) for possible export of Zambian grown fruits, Banana's and Grapes among others to that country.

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Export of Vitis (Grapes) to South Africa


Conditions for Export of Grapes to South Africa
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Conditions for Export of Bananas to South Africa
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21st August, 2017

Submission of reports


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28th August, 2017

Review meeting


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Nursery Registration
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PQPS under the Plant Pests and Diseases Act Cap 233 is mandated to regulate plant nursery operations in Zambia. In line with this, PQPS carries out registration of plant nurseries from 1st October to 31st December every year.

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Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) Disease
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MLN is caused by the double infection of maize plants with maize mottle virus (MCMV) and any of the cereal viruses in the Potyviridae group, such as Sugarcane Mosaic Virus(SCMV), Maize Dwarf Mosaic Virus (MDMV), or Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus (SSMV).

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Declare All plant materials at entry and exit points countrywide, failure to declare plant and plant products is an offence under the plant and pest diseases Cap 233 of the laws of Zambia
Collboration With countries to enhance Global Imports and Exports
Phytosanitary Inspections
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An inspection is an official visual examination of plants, plant products or other regulated articles to determine if pests are present or to determine compliance with phytosanitary regulations [FAO, 1990; revised FAO, 1995].

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Laboratory Services
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PQPS has a laboratory that enables the service to identify pests. The laboratory is an important component of the service as it ensures the mandate is achieved by correct and accurate diagnosis of all pests found in sampled plants and plant products. Laboratory activities include;

  • Laboratory diagnosis of plant/seed/soil with emphasis on quarantine pests.
  • Pest data base generation
  • Seed health testing.
  • Verification of referred samples from exported and imported plants or plant products

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Fall Army Worm Training
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The Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) through the Plant Quarantine and Phytosanitary Service (PQPS) and the Entomology sections with support from the FAO conducted training workshops for Agriculture Extension Officers in April this year (2017). The trainings were held in Kapiri Mposhi, Mongu, Ndola, Lusaka, Choma and Petauke. The objectives of the workshops was to create awareness on the identification and management of the fall army worm as well as other eminent pests such as the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND), the Fusarium wilt T4 and Tuta absoluta.

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