FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa

Pest Risk Analysis training in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Pest Risk Analysis training in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
In the framework of the FAO project UTF/SAU/038/ Capacity Building in Integrated Plant Health Management and in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a training on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) and import regulation was held at the Ministry of Agriculture in Riyadh in the period 9-21 February 2013.

The training aimed at building the capacity of the staff of the Department of Plant Protection and Department of Plant Quarantine and establishing a national pest risk analysis team of the staff trained to address import regulation issues. This team will undertake the tasks of preparing PRAs, developing import requirements for various commodities form different origins and prepare a national plant quarantine pest list.

The training was delivered through the presentations, discussions and practical sessions. Import regulation and pest risk analysis was presented and discussed at length before the PRA practice sessions. The four stages of PRA and 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.