Regional staff trained on Phytosanitary Skills to build Regional Trade: 5th to 30th September 2011

 COPE and USAID-COMPETE partnered to run the one month course “Capacity building on Phytosanitary skills for increased regional trade” from 5th to 30th September 2011. The training was officially opened by the Agriculture Secretary, Dr. Wilson Songa who gave a speech on behalf of the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Romano Kiome. Also present were Managing Director of KEPHIS, Dr. J. Onsando and Mr. Steve Walls, Chief of Party, USAID-COMPETE. 25 participants from eight countries were present for the training: 6 Kenyans (KEPHIS Inspector – 3; Horticulture Officer,  Crops Officer, grains association); 3 Malawians (Plant Health Inspector – 2; trade association); 3 Ugandas (Private sector – 2; Bureau of Standards); 4 Tanzanians (Plant Health Inspectors – 3; Bureau of Standards); 2 Congolese – DRC (Plant Health Inspectors – 2); 3 Rwandese (Plant Health Inspectors – 2; grains association); 1 Burundian (Plant Health Inspector); 3 Zambians (Plant Health Inspector; grains association). The training covered International treaties and NPPO responsibilities; Training of Inspectors; Inspection of consignment and carriers; Pest Surveillance; Pest Risk Analysis; Pest Diagnostics procedures/ protocols; Treatments, treatment supervision and auditing of third party providers of Phytosanitary treatments. Practical sessions involved field and lab visits. For more information contact the COPE secretariat on info@africacope.org.