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 runs second pest diagnostic workshop for Fiji and Tuvalu
Friday, 10 August 2012 11:36

The second pest diagnostic training workshop for Fiji and Tuvalu, conducted by the SPC Land Resources Division in collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture (NZMPI), was held from 23 to 27 July at the SPC Regional Media Centre in Suva. The training, which focused on pest and disease identification, was carried out by specialists in their relevant fields of expertise. The same 15 officers from the two countries will attend all four workshops.

The selected participants from SPC, Koronivia Research Station, The Department of  Forestry and Biosecurity Authority Fiji (BAF), go through an intensive training in biosecurity and trade to strengthen their skills in plant health diagnostics. In between workshops, participants are given projects for practical experience and these are checked at the next workshop.

The training will improve risk management of any biosecurity threats that are associated with the production and export of Fiji’s key commercial agricultural crops and thus improve Fiji’s agricultural exports.

Through these workshops, NZMPI expects to equip the participants with the skills, knowledge and resources needed to run a basic laboratory for biosecurity work. The lessons learnt from this training will be helpful, as Fiji currently tries to improve and increase its agricultural trade with other countries.

The third workshop will be held in August this year.

For further information, please contact Ana Tunabuna on telephone (679) 3379234, fax (679) 3370021 or email the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it