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The first ever training programme in Pest Risk analysis or PRAs for OECS Quarantine Officers ended on Thursday August 28th with a field trip.

Over 20 experts including plant protection officers as well as lab technicians toured a few facilities in Saint Lucia and were exposed to hands on experiences to enhance their work in reducing the impact of pest on imported and exported produce.

Quarantine officers from across the OECS spent the week looking at Basic Principles and concepts in Pest Risk Analysis   as the region shapes its agenda for addressing the impact of pests on the  agriculture sector and economy as a whole.

Training of regional quarantine and plant protection experts from across the region in  Pest Risk Analysis included the identification and categorizing of pests as well as understanding how to follow their path and developing the best possible control mechanism towards reducing the impact of pests on the region’s agriculture sector and economies as a whole.

George Alcee the OECS Commission’s Agriculture Economist says following the theoretical and practical exercises the quarantine experts have now been assigned to develop a national Pest  Risk Analysis for their respective OECS Member Member State. 

A  technical coordinator will be guiding the participants through the asignment while a template will be provided to ensure that the PRA is properly developed.

The OECS Commission  and the Chillean Government  with the support of the 10th EDF, funded the Pest Risk Assessment training programme .
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