Ten agriculture officers from South Sudan were recently trained on Pest Risk Analysis(PRA) to enable the country to process plant import requests from new sources, to cope whenever there is a change of pest status in exporting countries or when there are no import conditions for various import requests.
South Sudan also needs to facilitate trade through market access PRAs by providing technical information as it seeks new export markets. The training also aimed at bringing South Sudan to the same level as the other East African Community(EAC) countries in terms of joint PRA which the bloc has done such as PRAs on Maize, Beans and Rice.
GM Quality Assurance Mr. Simeon Kibet, while officially opening the event, noted that it is important for a country to know how to conduct PRAs for purposes of ensuring that trading of agricultural commodities between countries does not bring any negative impacts to the economy in terms of introduction to quarantine pests.
The training was conducted by the Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence(COPE) through CAFNR International programs, the University of Missouri, the EAC and by Ms. Esther Muchiri, a consultant of the University of Missouri.
Some topics taught included PRA Initiation, Risk Assessment (pest categorization), Probability of Spread, Risk Management, Risk Communication, Documentation and Overall Assessment of Risk.
South Sudan Agriculture officers being trained via zoom on Pest Risk Analysis for purposes of ensuring that trading of agricultural commodities between their country and others does not bring any negative impacts to the economy in terms of introduction to quarantine pests