This week the Trade and Investment Hub held a meeting with the Citrus Board of Swaziland and officials from the Swaziland Ministry of Agriculture to discuss the status of the draft pest risk analysis (PRA) report on citrus exports to the U.S.
The report addresses pest risk analysis for importation of citrus planting materials from the U.S. to Swaziland as well. PRA determines appropriate phytosanitary measures for a specified PRA area by evaluating technical, scientific, and economic evidence to determine whether an organism is a potential plant pest and how it should be managed. PRA informs and guides decisions for regulatory plant protection organizations ranging from prioritizing pests for surveillance to making import and export decisions on plant and plant products.
The report was submitted to the U.S. Embassy/Swaziland through the Swaziland Ministry of Agriculture, and this meeting discussed next steps in the PRA socialization process. A copy of the report will be shared with the Trade and Investment Hub for review and technical input while engaging with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Completion of the PRA should ensure safer trade in citrus and open up markets for further exports. Swaziland hopes to partake once again in the benefits of AGOA and citrus could offer a viable export opportunity. During the gathering, the Citrus Board of Swaziland also reported challenges in obtaining import permits to access Chinese and Indian markets.