International Year of Plant Health – Mediterranean fruit fly – Portugal 2020

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2020 as International Year of Plant Health to raise global awareness on how protecting Plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty , protect environment and boost economic growth.  The Theme is “Protecting Plants, Protecting Life”.

Portugal issued a set of Four Stamps on International Year of Plant Health.

Date of Issue 25 Oct 2020         

0.53 Euro – Daktulosphaira vitifoliae -The grape phylloxera is an insect that originated in North America, appearing in Europe for the first time in 1863,

0.86 Euro – Bursaphelenchus xylophilus – The pine wood nematode is considered to be one of the most potentially destructive species for coniferous forests

0.91 Euro – Ceratitis capitata– Known as the Mediterranean fruit fly, this pest attacks a variety of crops and wild plants, laying its eggs in their fruit. Its larvae cause significant damage and make the affected fruit impossible to sell. Given its widespread presence across Portugal, the insect is also one of the main constraints on exports of Portuguese fruit to third countries. Effective control of this pest is not only essential to guarantee the sustainability of domestic production, as it affects most types of fruit, it is also key to allowing international plant health agreements to be signed so that the fruit can be exported to other countries.


2.00 Euro- Rhynchophorus ferrugineus -The palm weevil attacks several species of palm trees, causing damage which can lead to the death of these plants without the necessary treatment