Fraser Valley – Agricultural Pest (Activities, Gaps & Priorities) Assessment
|Project Lead||Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture|
As average annual temperatures increase, the range and prevalence of pests and pathogens is anticipated to shift. There is also concern that new insects, diseases, weeds and invasive species will be introduced and become established. In contemplating the need to adapt to changing pest threats, producers participating in the Fraser Valley Regional Adaptation Strategies workshops indicated the need for a broader and more coordinated effort to address pest surveillance, monitoring and management challenges within the Fraser Valley
The Fraser Valley Agricultural Pest Assessment project is the first step towards a coordinated pest surveillance, monitoring and management effort. This project will: review and document recent and current activities across the sector (for crops and livestock) in the region, will identify current and future needs, gaps and common priorities, and will also serve as a “catalogue” of the various activities underway. Upon completion of the inventory and assessment, a cross-sector workshop will be held to share and discuss findings, to confirm or refine the priorities, and to ensure that future investment is suitably targeted. Bringing sector groups and potential partners together is an important step to build partnerships for cooperative approaches to address existing, emerging and future pest-related challenges.