" Plant Halth
On track. The Plant Health program has made significant progress towards achievement targets. Overall progress is 55%.
Completion of 8 pest list surveys (for rice, corn, banana, cassava, water melon, tobacco, sorghum and Sacha Inchi. Agreed MOUs with PRC on import conditions for 6 crops (rice, corn, water melon, cassava, banana and Sacha Inchi). PRC has now approved the MOU for Sacha Inchi and will be concluded this year. The pest lists for sorghum, Job's Tear and rubber will soon be submitted to PRC, presumably leading to MOUs for these crops within this year. Market access agreement concluded with Thailand for tobacco.
" Animal Health
On track. The Animal Health program has also made good implementation progress, especially for transboundary animal health (TAD) control. Overall progress is 50%.
- Design and plan for the surveillance activities for TAD are in place and the pilot stage of its implementation commenced in August 2015.
- Successful management of FMD outbreaks in two locations.
- Installation of furniture and laboratory equipment for the National Animal Health Center (NAHC) laboratory, which is now fully operational.
- Regional and domestic study tours have been conducted and one course in veterinary drugs has been completed for DOLF and provincial staff.
- Animal Feed Unit staff trained in heavy metals and pesticides residue testing and conducted two courses to train epidemiology and provincial staff to conduct risk assessment.
- Bilateral meetings were conducted with neighboring countries to discuss and agree on TAD control measures along the borders and to improve technical collaboration and coordination in order to facilitate cross border trade and comply with the SPS Agreement.
" Food Safety
On track. The Food Safety program has made good progress, especially with food safety surveillance. Overall progress is 60%.
- Surveillance plan has been drafted
- Management of a meat poisoning outbreak in the South and mushroom poisoning outbreaks in 3 provinces, and issuance of public notices through INFOSAN Alerts.
- Operation of the new mobile food laboratory, 500 samples of food contaminations have been collected in 6 provinces and tested for borax and formalin.
- The Tourist Industry Support program has progressed well with the development and pilot testing of the checklist and grading system.
- Training courses to raise the skills of auditors and pilot training for 60 people from restaurants and food enterprises conducted in Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Champassak.
- Staff have participated in short-term training in Thailand to strengthen information technology skills and establish a market access database.
- Study tours to Vietnam and Thailand on first-time market access approval and import control procedures, and a draft Market Access Study document was prepared and presented at a national workshop along with draft guidelines for import handling procedures.
- Staff participated in a bilateral working group meeting with neighboring countries to facilitate bilateral cooperation and information sharing on food safety surveillance activities.
On track. The Academic Education program has made very good progress. Overall progress is 66%.
- Curriculum improvement, which have incorporated SPS into the curricula of three departments: plant protection, veterinary medicine, and food technology and rural economy departments.
- Teaching materials for the improved curricula are being prepared and related training activities are ongoing.
The FA-NUOL teaching facility building is under construction and will be completed this year, and all the vehicles and major laboratory procured under the Project are operational.
- Three FA-NUOL staff are undergoing two-year postgraduate training at universities in Thailand, and two staff of the Plant Protection Department and two from the Department of Food Technology were provided with intensive overseas training on SPS agreements, and on the International Plant Protection Convention and the management of phytosanitary risk.
CAM SPS:As of Q1 2015
Plant Health: (Pest surveillance on rice and maize). Completed 3 sets of surveys, 1 ongoing, and 1 set under review.
Animal Health: Completeed workshop on pest list compilation for rice and maize. Construction of Post Entry Quarantine Greenhouse started in March and completed in June 2015. Development of software for the Upgrading of existing database and mgt systems is ongoing. Animal health surveillance: Annual surveillance program for TAD was completed for 2014. Four training/workshops have been completed.
Food Safety: Surveillance-Annual surveillance program for safety of street food and restaurants was completed in June 2014. 11 trainigs/workshops have been completed as of Mar 2015.
Education: The construction of new microbiology laboratory building at the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) campus commenced in Feb 2015. 6 workshops (on upgraing SPS curricula, plant/animal/food safety, GMPs) have been completed in RUA as of March 2015.