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.
SPC Biosecurity facilitates capacity building support for Solomon Islands plant pests and diseases d
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:16

SPC's Pest List Database Technician, Ms Ana Tunabuna-Buli, facilitated a week- long training for ten staff from the Quarantine and Research Divisions of the Solomon Islands Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in March.

The purpose of the training was to familiarise and improve the skills of the staff on updating and maintaining the country’s national database, which covers the two main PLD modules: the pest occurrences and pest interceptions.

The participants were given hands-on in-depth training on generating reports from the occurrences and interceptions modules and being able to view and select the correct report format to generate.  They were also introduced to the different layouts to choose from in order to generate the right report for a certain request.

The Solomon Islands Quarantine Division currently uses Excel spread sheets to record their vessel arrival and interception data. Given that the PLD can automate such operations through the use of the database interception module, the familiarisation and hands-on exercises further boosted capacity of staff to be able to use the interception module to  improve recording procedures for vessels intercepted.

The exercise also fostered closer collaboration between SPC and Solomon Islands in ensuring that all recent national survey results are captured in the database, validating literature references for authenticated pest and disease records for Solomon Islands.

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