Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

HaSSP National Pest Risk Training Workshop: Harare, Zimbabwe
6 January 2014

FANRPAN under the Harmonized Seed Security Project engaged Center of Phytosanitary Excellence (COPE) to conduct National Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) Training Workshops in Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe during the months of November and December 2013.

The objectives of the training workshops were:

  • To create awareness on the importance of pest risk analysis in 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 fourth training workshop was conducted in Zimbabwe from 10- 12 December 2013. Dr C. Mguni the Director, Research Services Division in the Department of Research and Specialist Services officially opened the workshop. In his speech, he emphasized that all border staff needs to be trained on risk so that they are able to carry out their duties effectively as pests can affect export markets and endanger the agricultural system. In addition, Dr. Mharapara, the CEO of the Agricultural Research Council and FANRPAN Node coordinator urged the participants to ensure that they grasped all the information shared during the training.

Training of Zimbabwe (NPPO) on Pest Risk Analysis: 10 - 12 December 2013, Mandel Training Center, Harare.

Sixteen officers from the Zimbabwe NPPO participated in the three day training workshop which comprised of theory classes; practical hands-on training on PRA; as well as a final evaluation at the close of the course. The trainers were Mr George Momanyi, a PRA specialist from KEPHIS/COPE and Mr Nhamo Mudada, a Chief Plant Quarantine Officer, Plant Quarantine Services Institute.

Topics covered during the training included:

  • Principles of PRA,
  • Sources of PRA information,
  • Tools for PRA and stages in PRA,

In addition trainees participated in developing a draft PRA for importation of bean Phaseolus vulgaris seed from Swaziland, Zambia and Malawi into Zimbabwe

Below are photos of participants during workshop practical sessions in Zimbabwe

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