The Department of Agriculture and Food WA has confirmed 9 new detections of the tomato potato psyllid since the previous Industry Update on 4 March.
Total detections are now at 52, including 32 commercial properties.
The majority of detections are in the Perth metropolitan area.
Response to detections
Where the tomato potato psyllid is detected on a commercial property, a Pest Control Notice is issued to the property owner or occupier which provides direction to control the pest.
Commercial vegetable crop detection
Where the psyllid is detected in a commercial vegetable crop, mandatory chemical treatments must be applied prior to the movement of host material off the property and into the Quarantine Area.
Extension of Quarantine Area
The Quarantine Area in place for the Perth metropolitan area will be extended to include the shires of Murray, Chittering and Gingin.
The extended area will come into effect Friday, 10 March.
The Quarantine Area Notice imposes certain restrictions on the movement of commercially-grown vegetables and nursery stock, and other materials produced in the Quarantine Area that could spread tomato potato psyllid.
Frequently Asked Questions for the Quarantine Area are found here.
Consideration of movement of seedlings
DAFWA is liaising with WA industry associations on protocols for the proposed movement of seedlings outside of the Quarantine Area to the Carnarvon region, to allow for seasonal plantings to occur.
Proposed protocols include a chemical treatment regime of seedlings prior to shipment, and after planting. Requirements consist of a pre-shipment spray, and a knockdown treatment within 7 days of planting.
Records of treatment must be maintained by the consignor and consignee.
These protocols aim to mitigate the risk of spread and would be used in conjunction with a range of risk mitigation processes, including the Quarantine Area Notice for the metropolitan area and pest control notices on properties where the psyllid is detected.
Other response activities
Targeted surveillance in regional areas is progressing as a priority.
Department officers have inspected more than 300 properties across the state.
More than 1500 surveillance ‘sticky’ traps have been have been installed across regional and metropolitan areas since surveillance.
The department is working closely with the WA horticulture industry to minimise the impact of this pest.
Please check the latest interstate trade requirements in relation to plant material from the Solanaceae or Convolvulaceae families.
Exporters should contact the Quarantine WA Exports Officer to verify export requirements:
P: 9334 1800
Fax: 9334 1880
Check and report
Commercial growers are reminded to check for signs of the psyllid and report any unusual detections to the department using the MyPestGuide Reporter app, available free from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Practice sound farm biosecurity procedures to prevent the entry, establishment and spread of pests and diseases. More information on biosecurity is available at the Farm Biosecurity website farmbiosecurity.com.au
Phone: 08 9481 0834
Potato Growers Association of WA
Phone: (08) 9481 0834
Department of Agriculture and Food, WA
Rohan Prince, Industry Liaison
Phone: 0429 680 069
Nursery and Garden Industry Western Australia
Matthew Lunn, Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 0410 714 207
Further information and general enquiries
For more information including how to look for and report the pest, see the factsheet on our website.
Pest and Disease Information Service
Phone: 1800 084 881
If you need assistance with coping:
Beyond Blue Website or call 1300 224 636
Rural Financial Councelling Service website or call 1800 612 004
LifeLine website or call 1800 720 101
Headspace website or call 1800 650 890
Sane Australia website or call 1800 187 263