By PQPS, Mt Makulu, Chilanga.
The Plant Quarantine and Phytosanitary Service (PQPS) wishes to share with you some of the recent milestones with regard to market access for plants and plant products of Zambian origin, and international agricultural trade facilitation.
The products that have recently gained market access through a process known as Phytosanitary certification include Blueberries to Hong Kong, passion fruits and macademia to Europe, grapes and bananas to South Africa, and Stevia to China. In the pipeline are watermelons, avocados, butternuts, mangoes, chillies to mention but a few.
PQPS has also been making efforts to upscale awareness on matters of plant health, trade and how science is being applied to facilitate trade. Furthermore, PQPS is piloting the export of seed from Zambia using the agreed SADC Seed Harmonization Regulations. Apart from facilitating these exports and gaining market access, PQPS is implementing other Phytosanitary activities that have a core objective to prevent/minimize intentional introduction and spread of pests associated with plants and plant products moving in international trade.
Last but not the least, PQPS in alliance with other PPQD Units, and Divisions at ZARI including other Departments within the Ministry and beyond will continuously conduct Phytosanitary inspections to ensure compliance with stipulated requirements.