In continuing efforts to minimise plant pest and disease spread through sea containers, the Pacific Community in collaboration with Samoa’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) Quarantine Division organised a seminar on strengthening the implementation of the Sea Container Hygiene System (SCHS) on Friday, 24 February in Apia, Samoa. The SCHS is a long-term strategy developed in collaboration with New Zealand, Australia and the shipping industry to manage biosecurity risks from sea containers loaded from high-risk ports in the Pacific Islands.
The seminar, titled Managing Biosecurity Risks with Sea Container Hygiene System was supported by the ‘Safe Agriculture trade Facilitation through Economic integration in the Pacific’ (SAFE Pacific) project funded by the European Union. The event was facilitated by the Pacific Community's (SPC) Land Resources Division biosecurity specialists Dr Visoni Timote and Riten Gosai.
The seminar was first of its kind to engage with other border agencies and key stakeholders including exporters and importers, pack-house operators, farmer associations, freight forwarders and shipping lines.
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