The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is asking cucurbit growers to provide property and production details to assist with the CGMMV response, and the development of management options for growers. Information can be provided via the on-line webform. Registered growers will receive regular e-updates.
CGMMV has been detected on a commercial cucurbit property in Kununurra.
This adds to previous detections on seven commercial cucurbit properties in Geraldton, one in Carnarvon, one in Perth and in endemic weed species on vacant land in Carnarvon.
There is no clear indication of how the virus entered WA – possibly through a number of different pathways.
Farm biosecurity is critical, irrespective of whether CGMMV has been found in your area. It is the most effective strategy against further spread of the virus.
DAFWA is continuing to provide growers with biosecurity information and advice.
Growers can download a farm biosecurity plan template from DAFWA’s CGMMV web pages, and a number of workshops are being planned (see workshop schedule below). Workshops will include an information session and practical demonstration of on-farm biosecurity practises.
In the meantime growers are encouraged to send samples into DAFWA for testing. This will be done free of charge. See below for sampling details.
- 10 October 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
- Light refreshments provided afterwards.
- Property location to be confirmed via CGMMV website and e-update.
Harvey and Manjimup
- Details to be confirmed.
Surveillance in Broome is ongoing.
Further surveillance in Perth and the south west is yet to be determined.
More information on submitting symptomatic leaf samples and seeds is available from DAFWA’s website or by contacting the department’s Diagnostic Laboratory Service (DDLS) on (08) 9368 3351.
Report any suspect signs of CGMMV immediately to DAFWA’s Pest and Disease Information Service on 1800 084 881.
Alternatively, download DAFWA’s MyPestGuide Reporter app to your smart phone, take a photo and follow the prompts on the device.
- To subscribe for e-updates go to the on-line webform registration page to register contact and property/production details.
- Refer to the vegetablesWA website for a Vietnamese version of the latest CGMMV update.
- For more information visit DAFWA’s CGMMV web pages – wa.gov.au/cgmmv
- Growers seeking information about on-farm biosecurity can contact DAFWA’s Geraldton office on +61 8 9956 8555 or vegetablesWA on +61 8 9481 0834.
- A farm biosecurity information sheet, in both English and Vietnamese is available from DAFWA’s CGMMV web pages – wa.gov.au/cgmmv, or visit the Farm Biosecurity website.
- A farm biosecurity plan template can be downloaded from DAFWA’s CGMMV web pages – wa.gov.au/cgmmv.
- Cucurbit growers should seek a written statement from their seed suppliers stating that their seeds have been tested, using the ELISA method, and found to be free from the virus. This assurance should be obtained for both cultivars and rootstocks.
- Northern Territory Government – CGMMV web pages.
- Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries CGMMV web pages.
- vegetablesWA website.
- AUSVEG website.
- Australian Melon Association website.
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