Plant Health Network (CAP-PHN)
In 2018-19, SARM will administer a new Plant Health Network (CAP-PHN) program aimed to provide a human capacity component to support rural municipalities (RM) and First Nations (FNB), south of the Northern Administrative District, dealing with a variety of agricultural crop pest issues throughout the province. This program will be fully funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to a maximum for $715,000 in its first year (April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019).
The purpose of the Plant Health Network is to establish human resources in each of SARM’s six Divisions to provide direct support, education, training to RMs, and their municipally appointed officers, as well as FNBs on how best to manage the agricultural crop pests and prohibited and noxious weeds that all landowners are required to manage under The Pest Control Act and The Weed Control Act in Saskatchewan.
- Each SARM Division will employ a full-time Plant Health Officer (PHO) who will develop, promote and implement best practices within their Division to proactively identify, monitor and assist in the control of invasive/emerging threats to plant biosecurity in agriculture with the goal of developing more comprehensive and uniform control strategies across the province.
- The scope of their work will include clubroot, Norway rat, problem beaver and other pests declared respectively under The Pest Control Act and as well as prohibited/noxious weeds designated under The Weed Control Act of Saskatchewan.
- PHOs will focus on educating RMs and FNBs on how best to undertake their powers and responsibilities in accordance with Saskatchewan legislation respecting pest control and weed control, provide education, training and support to appointed Pest Control Officers (PCOs) and Weed Inspectors (WIs) and under the guidance of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture (SMA) survey and report on agricultural crop pests and prohibited/noxious weeds occurrences.
Refer to the CAP-PHN Program Guidelines for more detailed information on the roles and responsibilities of the PHOs.
For more information, please contact SARM, toll free, at 1-800-667-3604 or Annette Ellert, Programs Manager, at 306.761.3744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.