A one-day consultation workshop with South African stakeholders was organized (December 2019) at Citrus Research International (CRI), Nelspruit, South Africa. The objective of the workshop was to bring together the National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) of South Africa and other stakeholders to understand the challenges they are facing in managing plant health threats from invasive fruit flies and discuss their needs, priorities and recommendations for the development of an improved alert and early warning detection system. There were 13 participants in total at the workshop including eight from the NPPO of South Africa and two from the citrus industry. It was clear that for all the stakeholders present, systems that would be able to (1) forecast pest distribution based on prevailing climate and landscape and (2) inform on pest status, ecology, infestation level and management would improve their decision making.
At the start of the workshop, all participants were briefed on the FF-IPM project background, aims and work packages by Prof. D. Kriticos (CSIRO). The specific objectives of work package 5 under which the workshop falls were also presented.
The workshop followed an interactive format. A list of 19 questions was provided beforehand to all participants. The order of questions followed the biosecurity framework of Plant Health Australia and was divided into the three phases of mitigation of risks of fruit fly invasion: Pre-border, Border and Post-border. Participants from the NPPO and citrus industry were divided into three groups of three to four individuals. All questions were first discussed within each group for approximately ten minutes. Responses to these questions were then delivered by an allocated presenter of each group.
The workshop was facilitated by A. Manrakhan (CRI). Notes during the workshop were recorded by E. Carstens (CRI) and MC Pretorius (CRI). A summary of all the notes was prepared during the workshop by E. Carstens, MC Pretorius and A. Manrakhan.
At the end of the workshop, the summary of responses for each question was presented to the participants and corrected where applicable.
Before departure, all participants except the facilitator filled the questionnaire on the perception of risk.