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:

Industry update on tomato-potato psyllid incursion in Western Australia - 7 April 2017 

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is leading an emergency biosecurity response to combat tomato-potato psyllid (TPP), which has been found in Western Australia.

This is the first time this pest has been detected in Australia. TPP affects a range of plants, including potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chilli, tamarillo, goji berry and sweetpotato. It is a serious pest with significant implications for vegetable production and market access for plant products.

To date, TPP has been detected on over 60 properties in Western Australia. The majority of detections are in the Perth metropolitan area, and there are a small number of detections in the regional areas of Gingin, Busselton, Yarloop, Margaret River and Balingup.

A Quarantine Area Notice is in place for the Perth metropolitan area and surrounds until 30 October 2017. DAFWA has implemented restrictions on the movement of commercially grown vegetables and nursery stock produced in the Perth area.

As of 27 March, Victoria and New South Wales enforced emergency movement conditions from Western Australia and expanded the host list to a large number of plant families. A summary of these conditions can be found here

A national response plan has now been agreed to, which guides detection, suppression, and control efforts that are already underway. The response plan is a short-term plan (30 days), which will conclude on 21 April. The National Management Group, comprised of government and industry representatives, will review the information gathered from the 30-day response in order to determine forward steps.

This response plan includes emergency containment measures for the psyllid and increased testing and monitoring for the bacterium Candidatus liberibacter solanacearum (CLso). The plan allows for the CLso bacterium to be eradicated if found. Under this circumstance, if crops are destroyed, growers are eligible for reimbursement.

Testing of psyllid and plant material is underway for the bacterium CLso. This bacterium has not been found.

Advice for growers

TPP can spread through the movement of tomato, capsicum, eggplant, tamarillo and other solanaceous plant material. It can also occur on other hosts including the Convolvulaceae plant family, including sweetpotato, and can disperse through natural pathways such as flight and on the wind.

All Western Australian growers of affected crops should check their plants for TPP. More information about the psyllid and the bacterium, including photos to assist with identification, are available on DAFWA's website. Any suspected detection of TPP needs to be reported using the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881, or using DAFWA's MyPestGuide reporting app.

If you suspect you have seen the psyllid outside of Western Australia, you need to contact your state or territory department of agriculture or primary industries. This can be done by phoning the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

As a general reminder, all growers need to practice sound farm biosecurity to prevent the entry, establishment and spread of pests and diseases. Find out more here.

Movement restrictions

The Quarantine Area Notice includes zones where different movement, treatment and control measures apply. DAFWA's website can assist you in identifying if you are in a 'control' or 'suppression' zone, and which movement restrictions apply to you in these areas.

Interstate movement controls for risk material have been introduced by:

If you are planning to move host material interstate, you need to check with your state or territory department of agriculture or primary industries to see if any of these restrictions affect you, or check the Australian interstate quarantine website.

There are no international trade restrictions or changes to import conditions at this point in time. The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will manage any overseas trade issues, should they arise.

Tomato-potato psyllid emergency permits issued

Emergency permits have been issued for treatment of tomato-potato psyllid in nursery stock, potato, sweetpotato, tomato, capsicum, chilli, peppers and eggplant.

For more information on these permits, please see Permit 84229 and Permit 84245.

For more information on any issues relating to the TPP incursion, please see the DAFWA website.

Links

For more information, click any of the links below.

Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Vegetable Industry 

- click here to view/download

Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Potato Industry

- click here to view/download

Managing Farm Biosecurity in the Parsley Industry

- click here to view/download

Tomato-Potato Psyllid and Zebra Chip information sheet

- click here to view/download             

Farm Gate Biosecurity fact sheet

 

- click here to view/download

Pest disease & weed surveillance fact sheet 

- click here to view/downloa
 

Adaptive Area Wide Management of Qfly using SIT #1

- click here to view/download    
    
 

Adaptive Area Wide Management of Qfly using SIT #2

- click here to view/download 
 
 

Adaptive Area Wide Management of Qfly using SIT #3

- click here to view/download

 

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

- click here to view/download  
 
 

Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) National Management Plan

- click here to view/download 
 

FARM BIOSECURITY ACTION PLAN

 

 - click here to view/download 

Department of Agriculture and Food Industry Update

- click here to view/download

Department of Agriculture and Food Fact Sheet

- click here to view/download
 

Department of Agriculture and Food Biosecurity Alert

- click here to view/download

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

For more information, click any of the links below.

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

For more information, click any of the links below.

English
Farm Gate Sign

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Khmer
Farm Gate Sign

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Vietnamese
Farm Gate Sign

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