Biosecurity and Trade

Biosecurity is a strategic and integrated approach to analyzing and managing relevant risks to human, animal and plant life and health and associated risks to the environment. Interest in biosecurity has risen considerably over the last decade in parallel with increasing trade in food, plant and animal products, more international travel, new outbreaks of transboundary disease affecting animals, plants and people, heightened awareness of biological diversity and greater attention to the environment and the impact of agriculture on environmental sustainability.

Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTSs) need to position themselves to take advantage of trading opportunities, while protecting their natural resource base from potential risks.
Awareness materials to promote a sustainable pathway
Monday, 08 August 2016 09:40

In light of past export taro interceptions from both Australia and New Zealand, the project is actively working on promoting good pest management strategies and post-harvest practices. The publication materials aim to inform farmers and exporters alike on Australian and New Zealand export standards.

By clarifying export requirements, the project hopes that all taro stakeholders will be more informed and encouraged to play their part in developing a cleaner and more sustainable pathway.

This initiative falls under the project’s objective of disseminating research, and creating awareness among relevant stakeholders. The publication materials will be distributed to farmers, exporters and everyone involved in the taro supply chain. They will also be shared with Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture for use in export awareness campaigns.

The project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and is being implemented in Samoa and Fiji through a collaborative partnership between the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries in Samoa and the Ministry of Agriculture in Fiji.