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Prasad Wins Gold For Outstanding Achievement In Agriculture

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) celebrated with its trade relations officer, Ashika Prasad, being awarded a gold medal for outstanding achievements in her studies on Bachelor of Agriculture at
16 Apr 2016 09:46
Prasad Wins Gold For Outstanding  Achievement In Agriculture
Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) trade relations officer Ashika Prasad with her gold medal. Photo: Biosecurity Authority of Fiji

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) celebrated with its trade relations officer, Ashika Prasad, being awarded a gold medal for outstanding achievements in her studies on Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of the South Pacific (USP).

Ms Prasad, who started with BAF as a biosecurity officer in 2011, was surprised when she was notified about receiving the gold medal.

“I joined BAF in 2011 and have had the opportunity to work in various sections of BAF including operations/permits and trade facilitation and compliance divisions. BAF is an organisation that is growing and provides great career development opportunities and support to its staff,” Ms Prasad said.

“BAF also provides equal opportunities to all its staff to gain work related experience through trainings and workshops as well as pursue part-time or full time studies in the areas of study desired by the staff.”

Ms Prasad said professionally, the degree in agriculture had broadened her knowledge on agricultural issues, pest and diseases and its impact on the Fijian economy.

BAF executive chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan, while congratulating her, said Ms Prasad was very hard working and the gold medal was well deserved.

Mr Khan said BAF recognised that the training and development of its employees was crucial to not only enhancing the capacity of BAF staff but would also strengthen border protection.

“BAF has a comprehensive training and development plan for all staff,” he said.

BAF currently has five staff members studying overseas (New Zealand, India and Hawaii) in various fields including nematology, plant pathology, biosecurity and veterinary.

There are many other staff members who are also attending various short courses and trainings locally.

Mr Khan said with increasing biosecurity threats, there was a great need for BAF to have a strategic training and development plan in place to help the organisation deliver efficient and effective border protection.

He said a well trained and skillful workforce would have a better capacity and understanding of the risks involved with biosecurity pre border, border, and post border activities, thus would be more proactive in responding to meet the required regulatory obligations under the Biosecurity Promulgation 2008.

Source: Biosecurity Authority of Fiji

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