The Plant Health Directorate forms part of the Rural Affairs and Paying Agency (RAPA) under the Agriculture & Fisheries Regulation Department. The Plant Health Directorate is administered by Dr Marica Gatt as Director.
Dr Marica Gatt holds a B.Sc. in Biology and Chemistry a post graduate diploma (DSPU) in Protection and Sanitation of Mediterranean Fruit Trees, an M.Sc. in Virology (CIHEAM) and a Ph.D. in Agriculture. Dr M. Gatt has been employed with the Ministry since 1993. She has occupied the position of Director of Plant Health since 28th February 2007.
The offices and laboratories which form the Plant Health Directorate are situated at two different locations. The first is the Plant Biotechnology Center which is found at Lija, whereas, the second is the Agricultural Research and Development Center at Għammieri, Marsa.
The premises of the Plant Biotechnology Center hosts the main offices of the Plant Health Directorate from where most activities carried under the responsibility of the Directorate are co-ordinated. At these premises we find the Plant Tissue Culture and the Diagnostic Laboratories, together with a Modern Glasshouse, a Shade House, Plastic and Screen Houses, Open Fields and Underground Water Reservoirs, which complement the work carried in both laboratories, can be found within the Plant Biotechnology Center. Read more.....
The Agricultural Research and Development Center at Għammieri, Marsa serves as the headquarters of the Rural Affairs and Paying Agency. However, at this center there is also a block of building used as offices for specific units and laboratories administered by the Plant Health Directorate. The offices found at this center include the Seeds and other Propagation Material Unit and part of the Diagnostic and Control Unit all of which form part of the Plant Protection and Propagation Section. The Nematology Lab, the Entomology Lab, the Mycology Lab, the Soil and Irrigation Water Laboratory are also found at this centre.
Below is the organogram of the Plant Health Directorate.