FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa

Pest Risk Analysis training in Lebanon


Pest Risk Analysis training in Lebanon
A training on Pest risk analysis and import regulation was held in the framework of the FAO project GCP/LEB/021/ITA Strengthening Production and Marketing of Lebanese Agricultural Products. The training targeted the staff of the National Plant protection Organization (NPPO) in the MoA in Lebanon in order to assist in creating a risk analysis team to address import regulation issues. Twenty four participants attending the workshop were drawn from the Plant Protection, Plant Quarantine, Research and Universities.

The workshop included lecture/presentations, group sessions as well as a tour of the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute.

Effective Import regulation was presented as a national effort and response to external threats of pest introduction. Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) as a basis for applying technically justifiable measures in import regulation was discussed at length. The four stages of PRA were explained. The use of PRA to develop the national regulated pest list and establish technically justifiable import requirements for regulated articles from different origins were discussed.

Based on the training in PRA, 10 persons as part of a core national PRA team to be established worked after the training to review and update the list of regulated pests for stone fruit and citrus applying the IPPC criteria for regulated pests as well as available surveillance data for stone and citrus fruits.