|HaSSP Pest Risk Analysis Training workshop
|3 October 2013
HaSSP Pest Risk Analysis Training Workshop participants – 16 – 20 September 2013
FANRPAN under the Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP) held a Regional Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) Training Workshop from 16 – 20 September 2013 at Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) in Nairobi, Kenya. The Pest Risk Analysis Training workshop was conducted by the Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence (COPE) whose mandate is to enhance capacity of Africa’s national phytosanitary systems to protect national agriculture and increase the ability to compete in the international markets by meeting market requirements. Participants at the workshop were from the four HaSSP countries - Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Each country was represented by phytosanitary experts from the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO).
Objectives of the training
- To create awareness on the importance of the pest risk analysis in the phytosanitary systems
- To sensitize participants on the sources of PRA information
- To understand the various steps in PRA process
- To enhance skills in the use of PRA tools
The following topics were covered:
- Principles of PRA
- Sources of PRA information
- Stages of PRA
- Tools for PRA
- Practical exercises
During the practical sessions the participants were tasked to search for the pests that affect beans - Phaseolus vulgaris during trading of the commodity mainly and they created a simple database. The PRA sources used were Crop Protection Compendium (CPC); European Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) and internet sources.
The main purpose of the exercise was to conduct pest risk analysis for beans in the SADC region PRA is a process of evaluating biological or other scientific and economic evidence to determine whether a pest should be regulated and the strength of any phytosanitary measures to be taken against it. A list of quarantine pests for beans was developed for the SADC region. A quarantine pest is a pest of potential economic importance and not yet present or present but not yet widely distributed and being officially controlled
The following procedures were used to conduct a PRA for the bean crop
- Selected pest list of beans – Phaseolus vulgaris
- Rationalized the pest list for the different countries
- Developed a list based on the harmonized pest list in the SADC region.
At the end of the training workshop, all the participants wrote an examination and they received certificates.