PACER Plus Fumigation Training to Enhance Biosecurity Measures in Vanuatu

4 July 2023

PORT VILA, Vanuatu – Pacific countries are facing multiple capacity constraints in the crucial areas of biosecurity requirements, treatments, and general Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures. Recognising the significance of addressing these challenges, the PACER Plus Implementation Unit (PPIU) has organised a comprehensive training program on fumigation treatment and accreditation scheme, aimed at strengthening the skills and knowledge of biosecurity and quarantine personnel in Vanuatu.

Armstrong Sam, Director of Biosecurity Vanuatu, (fourth from left) flanked by representatives of Nordiko Quarantine Systems and biosecurity officials from Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.

The four-day training which commences today will focus on providing participants with a better understanding of the application and handling of methyl bromide, a widely used fumigant known as 'toxic gas'. By equipping the participants with the necessary expertise, this initiative aims to enhance compliance with Australian import requirements and improve overall biosecurity measures.

The PPIU has collaborated closely with the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry (DAFF) to ensure the alignment of training activities for the Australian component of this program. In this regard, Australian company Nordiko Quarantine Systems has been chosen as the key training provider due to their expertise and reputation as the main supplier of fumigation equipment to the Pacific.

Mr. Armstrong Sam, Director of Biosecurity Vanuatu, expressed his support for this training program, stating, "There are multiple capacity constraints in the areas of biosecurity requirements, treatments, and general SPS Measures in Vanuatu. This activity will provide training to biosecurity and quarantine personnel, providing a better understanding for the application and safe handling of methyl bromide."

This training program represents a significant step forward in strengthening biosecurity measures and enhancing the capacity of Pacific National Plant Protection Organisations and stakeholders along the plant export pathway. By equipping biosecurity personnel with the necessary skills, knowledge, and tools, the program aims to bolster compliance with international standards, thereby safeguarding the agricultural industries and environments of Pacific countries.


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