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HaSSP National Pest Risk Training Workshop: Lilongwe, Malawi
3 December 2013 - 5 December 2013


FANRPAN under the Harmonized Seed Security Project engaged Center of Phytosanitary Excellence (COPE) to conduct National Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) Training Workshops in Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe during the months of November and December 2013. The objectives of the training workshops were:

  • To create awareness on the importance of pest risk analysis in phytosanitary systems
  • To sensitize participants on the sources of PRA information
  • To understand the various steps in PRA process
  • To enhance skills in the use of PRA tools.

The second training workshop was conducted in Malawi from 03 -05 December 2013. Mr David Kamangira, the Senior Deputy Director, Technology Management and Regulatory Services, Department of Agricultural Research Services (DARS) officially opened the workshop. He outlined that PRA skills were important for the NPPO staff to do their work efficiently and effectively. In addition, Mr E. Mazuma, Assistant Director of Agricultural Research Services and the National Research Coordinator ( Plant Protection) highlighted that the PRA course was critical in the government facilitation of imports and exports since the participants would learn which measures and standards would be used.

Training of Malawi (NPPO) on Pest Risk Analysis: 03 05 December 2013, Bunda Agricultural College

Sixteen officers from the Department of Agricultural Research Services and Plant Protection Division participated in the three day training workshop which comprised of theory classes; practical hands-on training on PRA; as well as a final evaluation at the close of the course. The trainers were Mr George Momanyi, a PRA specialist from KEPHIS/COPE and Mr Johnny Masangwa, Senior Agricultural Research Scientist and Officer in Charge, Chitala Agricultural Research Station.

Topics covered during the training included:
  • Principles of PRA,
  • sources of PRA information,
  • Tools for PRA and stages in PRA,

In addition trainees participated in developing a draft PRA for importation of bean Phaseolus vulgaris seed from Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe into Malawi.

Below are photos of participants during workshop practical sessions in Malawi

The next training workshops dates are as follows:

  • 10 -12 December 2013, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 10 -12 December 2013, Mbabane, Swaziland

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