Focus will be on phytosanitary issues, AI and the role of key tools such as the Digital Exploitation Notebook


Last year’s symposium attracted hundreds of industry professionals

The implications of the European Parliament’s rejection of the Regulation on the Sustainable Use of Phytosanitary Products for Europe’s fruit and vegetable producers will one of the most prominent themes of discussion at the 17th Plant Health Symposium, which takes place at the Meliá Sevilla Hotel and Convention Centre, Seville on 13-15 March.

Organised by the Official College of Technical Engineers and Graduates in Agricultural Engineering of Western Andalusia ( COITAND), the programme features presentations and round table discussions focusing on phytosanitary issues, artificial intelligence, and key tools such as the Digital Exploitation Notebook.

Highlights include a presentation entitled ‘Green Europe and Plant Health’ by Ricard Ramon I Sumoy, deputy head of the Unit in the General Directorate of Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission, who helped draft the CAP 2023-2027.

Valentín Almansa de Lara, general director of Health of Agricultural Production at Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, will detail the current status of the European Regulation on the Sustainable Use of Phytosanitary Products and its future projection.

There will also be presentations on EU regulations on new genomic techniques and their potential for obtaining disease-resistant varieties; an overview of the pests currently threatening Spanish agriculture; the use of low-risk phytosanitary products or biocontrol; the benefits of digitalisation and artificial intelligence.

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