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Establishing a plant passport system

Background

The EU’s plant passport system ensures plants can be traced back to their origin and that certified plants comply with common EU rules on disease control and quality requirements. Producers and importers are registered and face regular inspections, all of which reduces plant health risks. Turkey has lacked efficient traceability and plant passport systems and also did not have effective controls in place for producers and importers. Turkey was obliged to establish these systems within the framework of harmonising its laws with EU regulations.

The project’s aims and core activities

The objective of this project was to support the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in piloting a plant passport system for certain produce (including apricots, peaches, cherries, and poke root) with a view to expanding the system to other produce, in line with EU directives on plant health.

The aims of the project were realised with the help of experts from EU member states. With their Turkish colleagues, they drafted secondary legislation on plant passports and the registration of operators and also prepared an action plan for the establishment of a central plant passport unit.

Inspectors from the General Directorate of Protection and Control were given training in the details of the passport programme. Some of this training took the form of a study tour of EU member states.

Training was also provided to stakeholders, such as producers, importers, and warehouse operators, on implementation of the new procedures, which also involved enhancing the existing farmer registration system for its use in the passport system.

FINANCING PERIOD

IPA I (2007–2013)

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Budget: €1.14 million (EU contribution €1.105 million)
  • Province: Nationwide
  • Status: Completed in 2011