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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-12075: Peter Chapman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the containment of larch disease.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 2 November 2017

To date, the 2017 surveillance and monitoring programme in Scotland has resulted in 47 new Statutory Plant Health Notices (SPHN’s) for Ramorum on larch outside the south-west Scotland Management Zone, where SPHN’s are no longer served. Overall the findings suggest a continuation of the slow disease expansion and low infection levels seen outwith the Management Zone since 2014.

Our extensive aerial and ground-based surveillance programme has ensured early detection and swift subsequent action via statutory measures. Furthermore, our system for managing disease outbreaks, including the implementation of statutory measures, is well embedded and understood by the forestry sector. Through the collective efforts of the forestry sector it remains the case that Ramorum has, to-date, been detected in only 1% of the 59,000 hectares of larch outwith the Management Zone.