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PLANT AND ANIMAL BIOSECURITY DIVISION (PABD)

Under the plant and animal biosecurity division, there are four sections. They are:

  1. Animal Biosecurity Section

This Section is responsible for implementing animal biosecurity and animal welfare aspects of the overall mandates of BAFRA. Animal Biosecurity measures are implemented in line with the Biosecurity Policy of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2010, Livestock Act 2001, Livestock Rules and Regulations 2017 and other tertiary legislations developed under the Act. 

 

  1. Veterinary Public Health Section

The section is responsible for protecting the public health from zoonotic diseases by ensuring foods of animal origin are of good quality and safe for human consumption. The veterinary public health measures are implemented in line with Livestock Act 2001, Livestock Rules and Regulations 2017 and other tertiary legislations developed under the Act

 

  1. Plant Quality Control Section

Conduct inspection and certification and regulate quality of plants and plant products including agricultural farming inputs based on the specific quality standards and requirements. These services are provided as per the applicable provisions laid out in the Plant Quarantine Act of Bhutan 1993, Seed Act of Bhutan 2000 and Pesticides Act of Bhutan 2000, and the rules thereunder.

 

  1. Plant Biosecurity Section

The section is responsible for implementation of plant biosecurity continuum measures to manage intrusion of quarantine plant pests and diseases including invasive alien species through effective vigilance, surveillance, assessment and monitoring. It also implements relevant International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) for issuing phytosanitary/export certificates and import permits.

 

The core mandates of the division are as follow:

  • Implementation of pre-border control measures of plants/animals and their products
  • Implementation of plant and animal quarantine measures at the border
  • Implementation of farm Biosecurity measures
  • Prevention and control of internal/transboundary pest and disease outbreaks
  • Implement good veterinary/husbandry practices in animal farms
  • Regulate quality and safety of foods of animal origin in the country which includes,               both imported and domestically produced.
  • Implementation of Animal Welfare Standards and guidelines
  • Quality regulation and certification of agricultural inputs such as agro-chemicals, farm inputs, seedlings/germplasm for domestic use, exports and imports
  • Inspection and certification of agricultural produce for exports
  • Sample collection and sub-contracting of plant, seeds and veterinary to testing laboratories
  • Liaise with other relevant agencies at the National, Regional and International level relating to plant and animal Biosecurity services
  • Conduct biosecurity risk assessment and relevant research

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LINKS UNDER BAFRA

1. CODEX (Bhutan)
2. Bhutan Biosafety Clearing House (BBCH)
3. Regulated Plant Pests and Diseases
Database
4. Bhutan Biosecurity and Food Safety
System (BBFSS)
5. Laboratory Information Management
System (LIMS)
6. SPS Portal

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Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Post Box: 1071, 

Thimphu, Bhutan, Tel: +975-02-327031/325790 Fax: +975-02-327032/335540