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

HaSSP National Pest Risk Training Workshop: Mbabane, Swaziland
10 December 2013 - 12 December 2013

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 third training workshop was conducted in Swaziland from 10 - 12 December 2013. Mr Mphile Sihlongonyane representing the Director of CANGO and FANRPAN Node coordinator- Mr Ndlangamandla, officially opened the workshop. In addition, Mr Similo Mavimbela- Senior Research Officer and Head of the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) gave welcoming remarks. He emphasized the importance of PRA in the function of the plant health system and explained that Swaziland is in the process of restructuring the NPPO. The new structure has four sections that include inspection operations; surveillance and quarantine diagnostics; PRA and permits; as well as, information and policy development. This training was expected to strengthen the new structure by building expertise in PRA and pest surveillance.

Swaziland participants on Pest Risk Analysis Training Workshop: 10 -12 December 2013, Mananga Training Center

Eighteen participants from various institutions and stakeholders in Agriculture which include Swaziland NPPO, DARSS, Ministry of Agriculture, NAMBOARD, Cotton Board, and SQCS 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 Ms Asenath Koech, a PRA specialist from KEPHIS/COPE and Mr Bheki Nzima, an Officer from the Swaziland NPPO.

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 pest list for seed/ grain maize- Zea mays L importation from the Republic of South Africa into Swaziland. The Crop Protection Compendium software and the internet were tools used to categorize the major pests attacking maize.

The criteria used to develop the pest lists were:

  • Pest occurrence in members states in terms of presence or absence
  • Economic importance / Impact of the pests
  • Whether it follows Pathway i.e. if spread through seed/grain during trade
  • Whether pest is under official control in member states or not
  • Whether the pest has the potential to become invasive or not (weeds)
Below are photos of participants during workshop practical sessions in Swaziland

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