16 October 2017, Thimphu: A two day workshop on “Strengthening Plant Biosecurity through import of clean and healthy Plants and Plant Products” for BAFRA Plant Regulatory and Quarantine Officials which is being organized by Bhutan Agriculture & Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Ministry of Agriculture & Forests began today. Director General of BAFRA graced the opening session of the workshop which will be conducted for two days from 12-13 October 2016.
About 44 Plant Regulatory & Quarantine Officials are participating in the Workshop from all the field offices and entry points with facilitation from the BAFRA Management at the Head office, and experts from NPPC, DoFPS and NBC. The BAFRA Inspectors will be trained on Regulatory Framework for Import and Export of plants and plant products encompassing quarantine pest and diseases and Invasive Alien Species. This training will help in building the competencies of Quarantine Inspectors to identify the correct signs and symptoms of pest and diseases and take appropriate phytosanitary measures. Furthermore, the incidence of unlawful trade of endangered species of plants and plants products will be minimized through proficient inspection and certification process. It is crucial that Plant Inspectors are trained periodically and kept abreast with the latest information and know-how to prevent and combat biosecurity risk in appropriate time.
This training workshop is organised with a full financial support from the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation (BTFEC).
-Submitted by: Sonam Dorji N, Focal for Plant section, BAFRA, HQ
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