Biosecurity

Population growth, increased trade and passenger volume, and increasing imports from a number of countries are increasing biosecurity risk despite Australia’s geographical isolation. The Australian vegetable industry’s response to this increased risk includes investment in planning programs which build resilience to exotic pest and disease incursion.

Biosecurity planning provides a mechanism for the vegetable industry, government and other relevant stakeholders to actively determine pests of highest priority, analyse the risks they pose and put in place procedures to reduce the chance of pests becoming established - and to minimise the impact if a pest incursion occurs.

Risk minimisation and effective threat response procedures are vital for the future sustainability and viability of the Australian vegetable industry. Through pre-emptive planning, the industry will be better placed to maintain domestic and international trade, negotiate access to new overseas markets, and reduce the social and economic costs of pest and disease incursion on growers and the wider community.

 

Biosecurity Alert:

National Management Group for tomato-potato psyllid agrees to a national response – 22 March 2017 

The National Management Group (NMG) for tomato-potato psyllid – comprising all Australian governments, affected industries and Plant Health Australia – has agreed to a national response to the incursion of tomato-potato psyllid (TPP) in Western Australia.

TPP was detected in the Perth metropolitan area on 3 February 2017 and, since then, there have been a small number of detections outside this area.

The NMG considers responding to the TPP incursion to be in the national interest given the potential for substantial economic impacts should the TPP/zebra chip complex become established in Australia, with members endorsing a short-term response plan. This plan will be led by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA). The NMG will consider the appropriateness of the initial response in 30 days, noting this period will allow critical information on the nature and spread of the complex to be collected.

There has been no confirmed detection of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum, which causes zebra chip in potatoes, to date.

DAFWA has implemented restrictions on the movement of commercially grown vegetables and nursery stock produced in the Perth area. A Quarantine Area Notice has been declared for the Perth metropolitan area and other local government districts until 30 October 2017. The quarantine area includes a control zone and suppression zone. Under the notice, a person must not move, or cause or allow to be moved, any host plants, produce of host plants or machinery or equipment used in association with host plants from a place within the quarantine area to any other place. Further information on the Quarantine Area Notice can be found on the DAFWA website.

DAFWA has also developed a detailed surveillance plan targeting commercial and residential growers in the Perth metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia. The surveillance plan will guide detection, eradication, suppression and control efforts, and establishes a watch zone covering non-quarantine areas of Western Australia with a view to proving an area of freedom to support continued trade in solanaceous plants and produce.

Since the detection of TPP, interstate movement controls for risk material have been in place. These will remain in place pending greater confidence around the containment of this complex. Western Australia is working with other state and territory governments to develop a protocol to support future interstate movements. There are no international trade restrictions or changes to import conditions at this point in time.

The Australian Government, all state and territory governments, and affected industries are contributing to the cost of the response.

TPP is a tiny sap-sucking insect that attacks a range of plants in the Solanaceae family, including potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chilli and tamarillo, as well as sweetpotato in the Convolvulaceae family. This pest is exotic to Australia and poses a significant threat to important horticultural crops as well as potentially transmitting Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum.

For further information please contact DAFWA’s Pest and Disease Information Service on 1800 084 881.

This information has been taken from a communique from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. To read the communique on the Department's website, click here.




Links

For more information, click any of the links below.

Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Vegetable Industry 

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Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Potato Industry

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Managing Farm Biosecurity in the Parsley Industry

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Tomato-Potato Psyllid and Zebra Chip information sheet

- click here to view/download             

Farm Gate Biosecurity fact sheet

 

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Pest disease & weed surveillance fact sheet 

- click here to view/downloa
 

Adaptive Area Wide Management of Qfly using SIT #1

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Adaptive Area Wide Management of Qfly using SIT #2

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Adaptive Area Wide Management of Qfly using SIT #3

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Resistance Management Strategy for the green peach aphid in Bundaberg field vegetable crops

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Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) National Management Plan

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FARM BIOSECURITY ACTION PLAN

 

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Department of Agriculture and Food Industry Update

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Department of Agriculture and Food Fact Sheet

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Department of Agriculture and Food Biosecurity Alert

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Department of Agriculture and Food MyPestGuide App

- click here to view
 

Tomato potato psyllid: How to check my vegetable patch

- click here to view
 


Vietnamese Links

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Vietnamese
Biosecurity Booklet

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Vietnamese Pest Disease
Weed Surveillance

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Vietnamese
Farm Gate Sign

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Biosecurity Sign Links

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English
Farm Gate Sign

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Khmer
Farm Gate Sign

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Vietnamese
Farm Gate Sign

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