Pest Risk Analysis
Freqently Asked Questions
A process of investigation, evaluation of information and decision making with respect to a certain pest, commodity, plant, or plant produce.
Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) is done to protect the country’s agriculture from damages that can be caused by harmful (quarantine) pests which can be brought in along with imported commodities.
Jamaica is obligated under the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement to provide scientific reasons for restricting international trade of plant/plant produce
PRA evaluates the likelihood of the entry, establishment, and spread of a pest and the associated potential biological and economic consequences.
Once the likelihood and consequences are determined, a risk rating is assigned, and mitigative and management strategies are recommended to Policy Makers.
The process may culminate in either the granting of permit, prohibition of entry of the commodity, or permit granted with phytosanitary declarations.
This is done when a plant/seed for planting or plant produce for con- sumption is being imported
Done in response to a pest/ disease of quarantine importance
A PRA involves several stakeholders as well as information gathering and evaluation to be able to inform the decisions of the Policy Makers. Pertinent information is not always readily available. A PRA can therefore take months to years to complete depending on stakeholders.