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.
NZAID pest diagnostics advance training
Thursday, 09 May 2013 08:00

Officers from SPC and Biosecurity Authority Fiji attended a two-week  (8th -19th April) Advanced Pest Diagnostics Training at the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries, Plant Health and Environment Laboratory (PHEL) in New Zealand.

The training takes a proactive approach by applying science-based surveillance and taxonomic approaches to identifying insects and pathogenic fungi and bacteria. This activity is part of a series of programmes that were held in Fiji.

The officers were provided with the opportunity to enhance their diagnostic expertise whilst working alongside the PHEL scientists at their Tamaki Laboratory.

By being able to skilfully identify pests found on common fresh produce and agricultural crops, the participants will be able to assist and train their colleagues back home in carrying out pest diagnostics work.  These diagnostic activities will in the long term assist Pacific Island countries and territories to prevent incursions and establishment of exotic and unwanted organisms in their countries.

With this knowledge, the officers should be able to minimise the export of commodities contaminated with organisms of concern to trading partners. The PHEL diagnostics training programme has been made possible through New Zealand funding.

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