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Welcome to the Ministry of

Agriculture & Lands

Pest Management Unit

Pest Management Unit

Mission

To prevent or delay the introduction of exotic pests and facilitate the implementation of economically viable, technically sound and environmentally safe practices in the management of indigenous pests.

Vision

Grenada’s Leader in the Integrated Management of Crop Pests.

Head of Division

Mr. Thaddeaus Peters

Overview

The Pest Management Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture has responsibilities for Plant Protection and Quarantine in the State of Grenada. The legal basis to carry out these functions is provided for in the Plant Protection Act, Chapter 242, 1986 Laws of Grenada. Some of the main functions of the unit include- Import verification, Export certification, Pest Risk Analysis, Pest Diagnosis, Pest surveillance, Crop Protection and Extension Service and Public Awareness

Phytosanitary issues related to international trade is within the portfolio of the Pest Management Unit, as Grenada is a member of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and a signatory to the WTO-SPS Agreement. Additionally, to aid in the fulfillment of its mandate, there is collaboration with regional and international institutions such as Caricom and OECS Secretariats, CARDI, CAHFSA, IICA, FAO, USDA-APHIS, CABI and other regional partners. Our stakeholder base is spread across the following: Commodity associations, agricultural produce exporters and importers, hotels, airlines, shipping agents, agricultural input suppliers, plant nurseries, farmers, learning institutions, home gardeners, agro-processors, several government departments, the general public and media outlets

Category of Officers within Division Count
Pests Management Officer 1
Plant Quarantine Officers 7
Laboratory Technician 7

Governing Regulations

Plant Protection Act, Cap. 242 of 1986

Guidelines for Importation

  1. Applications for permits must be made online using the Asycuda World platform of the Customs and Excise Division. A Customs Broker can assist with the application process.  
  2. Permits must be obtained before importing the item. The general timeline between receipt of application and issuance of permit is 1- 3 working days.
  3. In cases where a product was not previously imported from a specified country, then a Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) is conducted. The length of the PRA process is dependent on the availability of information from the exporting country on the pest status of the item to be imported.
  4. The permit states the conditions under which the products can be imported
  5. Upon arrival, the produce must be declared to Customs at the Port of Entry and will be subjected to inspection by a Plant Quarantine Officer.
  6.  Original Import Permit, Phytosanitary Certificate and any other supporting documents (Invoices; treatment certificates where necessary) must be presented at this point.
  7. Upon inspection, products that are prohibited or found to be infested with regulated or non-regulated quarantine pests will be denied entry.

Fees (SRO #8 of 2010) 

Import Permits
Food Items: less than 50 lbs          $5.00 EC
Food Items: 50-500 lbs               $20.00 EC
Food Items: Over 500 lbs          $ 50.00 EC
Planting material                             $100.00 EC
Phytosanitary Certificates for Export
Non-Commercial (less than 50lbs) $5.00
Commercial: 50-500 lbs $20.00
: Over 500lbs $50.00

List of Services: 

  • Issuance of Import Permits for plants, plant products and plant parts
  • Inspection of agricultural produce and issuance of Phytosanitary certificates
  • Quarantine surveillance, fruitfly surveillance, Coconut palm weevil surveillance and trapping, 

List of Initiatives: 

  • Core farmers program for management of pest and disease of citrus and soursop
  • Pilot for e-plant clinics, in collaboration with CABI 

List of Projects:

  • Citrus Greening Disease Management Project

Click here to download information on common pest and disease in the garden

Contact Information:

 Office Contact Location
PMU Main Office +1 (473) 440-0019, pmugda@gmail.com Located between the Ministry of Education and the GSPCA’s Animal Clinic
Quarantine Office St. George’s Seaport +1 (473) 435-5752 Located in the Old Baggage Shed
Quarantine Office, MBIA +1 (473) 440-6219 | +1 (473) 444 4101 (MBIA PBX) Located in the Arrivals area