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PEOPLE who visited the NAQIA stall during the June 27 NARI Agriculture Innovation Show in Lae spoke highly of NAQIA. Students, farmers and people also working in the mining sector fronted up at the stall and asked many questions, relating to NAQIA and what it does. School children especially from nearby schools showed keen interest and asked questions, while others wanted to know what course they would study to work with NAQIA. Both vegetable and animal farmers approached NAQIA officers on how they could protect their plants and animal from disease. NAQIA staff gave away posters and other information brochures to interested people, who wanted to know about the specific role and function of NAQIA. Ms Fried Biwa, a teacher with Grace Technical College in Lae was given posters, which she said will use them to educate her students about the plant and animal diseases. Agriculture Quarantine Officer Christine Meta said in the past during similar shows many people have come and asked about NAQIA. She said: “We need more publicity materials to use for future shows to properly show case the organisation.” “By giving out more information to the public we will be able to effectively promote NAQIA.” The hard working Lae team that put up the attractive display were: Henni Nigani (Senior Animal Health Inspector), Jerry Metau (Agriculture Quarantine Officer), Christine Metta (Agriculture Quarantine Officer), Priscilla Baga (Agriculture Quarantine Officer), Grace Kuskus (Agriculture Quarantine Officer), George Nako (Support staff), Josephine Inguba (Animal Health Inspector) and Carolyn Yallen (Plant Protection Officer).

Two undergo pest risk analyses training

pratran TWO NAQIA technical officers were among thirty other participants from the Pacific Islands to attend the pest risk analysis (PRA) training in Fiji. Animal Health Officer Ms Valentina Yamanea and Plant Health Officer Kapah Alu represented PNG among 12 other Pacific Islands Countries and territories (PICTS), which was facilitated by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Australia. The two Port Moresby based technical officers were among 30 others participants in the pacific region to receive training in pest risk analysis (PRA). The training was organized by SPC– Biosecurity and Trade Support (BATS) under the component 4 of the Pacific Horticulture and Agriculture market Access Program (PHAMA) project funded by the Australian Government Overseas Aid program (AusAID). It was held in Nadi, Fiji from the 15th to 16th July 2013. The objectives of the workshop is to increase participants knowledge in better understanding why and how pest risk analysis is conducted; how to select appropriate pest risk management measure; how to develop import protocols; and how to comply with export protocols and certification based in international and regional standards, or trade partner procedures. Ms Yamanea said she has brought back skills and knowledge on what a PRA is and how she can go about in conducting it. She said this knowledge will be shared among her colleagues who are involved with PRA. She added that through NAQIA’s representation in
the workshop, they have now contacts from various Biosecurity organizations in the Pacific Region. “With these contacts, we can work together to help solve pest related and other Biosecurity issues in the region that Pacific Islands Countries and Territories (PICTs) are faced with. She said the trainings has made me understand the importance of sound scientific based evidence for PRAs and ALOPs (Appropriate Level of Protection). The training empathized the need for ALOPS, set by a country’s Biosecurity firm to maintain consistency.



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Customs - PNG

Department of Agriculture and livestock - DAL

National Fisheries Authority

Secretariate of the Pacific Community

Papua New Guinea Forest Authority

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services - AQIS

Papua New Guinea Oil Palm Research Association

Coffee Industry Coperation - CIC

Independant Consumer & Competition Commission (ICCC)
National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI)