Harmonized procedures for conducting Pest Risk Analysis
Harmonization of procedures for conducting pest risk analysis (PRAs) for maize, beans and rice has been concluded with support from USAID and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
These commodities are highly traded for food or seed for planting.
The aforementioned PRAs were adopted by the Council of Ministers in November, 2019. Implementation of the PRAs will contribute towards reducing Phytosanitary trade barriers in the EAC.
Over 120 Plant health Inspectors at the 7 One-Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) - Namanga, Malaba, Kabanga/Kobero, Rusumo, Mutukula, Katuna/Gatuna and Isebania/Sirare, have been trained on harmonized procedures for Pest Risk Analysis (PRAs) on maize, beans and rice (PRA) by between November 2021 and February 2022. With support of USDA tools and equipment for inspection have been donated.
In addition, a Pest Information Management System (PIMS) has been established to facilitate the development of credible pest risk analysis.
PIMS will allow NPPOs to share resources and develop joint strategies for agricultural pest management. It will also allow trading partners to access and share information that satisfies intra and international trade obligations.