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The general goal of the Argentine National System of Surveillance and Monitoring of Agricultural Plagues (SINAVIMO) is to provide up-to-date information regarding the phytosanitary condition of the country’s main crops as per international standards set by the International Plant Protection Convention (FAO).
This system is part of the Bureau of Surveillance and Monitoring reporting to the National Directorate of Plant Protection of the National Service for Agrifood Health and Quality (SENASA).

SINAVIMO provides official information about the situation of pests that bear economic relevance for the country. Such information will prove necessary when developing and carrying out sanitary programs of national interest, i.e. management of specific pests, control and/or eradication of pests, post-entry plant quarantine, etc. These programs are aimed at avoiding possible loss of export markets and greater damages to agricultural produces, which will largely influence on the country’s foreign exchange inflow.

SINAVIMO operates on a data base of the main pests in the Argentine Republic. Such computerized tool enables the storing of datasheets and the specific search of pests that currently affect any kind of crop in any region of Argentina. The design of such data base enables the cross-referencing of information according to different search criteria so as to quickly and accurately obtain the information required. The phytosanitary information contained in this data base is provided by external sources, e.g. universities, the National Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA), and other private and governmental agencies that deal with crop protection, as well as by the specific surveillance services generated within this Bureau of Surveillance and Monitoring.

An up-to-date and comprehensive knowledge of the phytosanitary conditions of crops constitutes a vital strategic tool for our export products to be competitive. This information is an important warranty for export agencies and international negotiators that will enable to maintain and expand Argentina’s agricultural potential. It will also help respond to the new demands posed by international standards.

Moreover, having this type of dynamic and up-to-date information will prove very useful for anyone connected with the rural environment (researchers, extension agents, counselors, teachers, etc.): it opens the door to new projects or management strategies, to deciding on commercial ventures or developing research trends on a more realistic and safer basis.

Functions of the Argentine National System of Surveillance and Monitoring of Agricultural Plagues (SINAVIMO):

  • to create and maintain an up-to-date official database on the situation of pests in the national territory in compliance with international standards (International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures 6, 8 and 17);
  • to provide information on the correct enforcement of phytosanitary commitments referred to in international agreements;
  • to study agricultural ecosystems in order to alert about changes in the situation of current pests or the potential occurrence of alien pests;
  • to help in the access to new markets and increase agricultural exports;
  • to foster academic communication at the national, regional and international levels about topics concerning plant protection.

Contributions from those who are in some way related to plant protection is necessary. This help consists of informing SINAVIMO about new pests as soon as they are detected or whenever there is a change in the situation of current pests or of pests that may affect crops in the national territory.

It is of vital importance to comply with national standards (Ruling decision SENASA 778/04) when suspicions or doubts about new pests or changes in the situation of new pests arise.

To this end, the web page of the Argentine National System of Surveillance and Monitoring of Agricultural Plagues provides the necessary tools to enable such communication in a simple, quick and safe way. Copyright will be respected, and the confidentiality of information sources will be maintained in case it needs to be protected.

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