Seedlings delivered to Carnarvon under new protocols
Vegetable seedlings are being delivered to Carnarvon this week, under strict protocols introduced in response to the discovery of the pest tomato potato psyllid in the Perth metropolitan area.
The Department of Agriculture and Food has implemented protocols for the movement of seedlings to Carnarvon from properties which are inside the Perth metropolitan Quarantine Area and have movement restrictions in place.
The department has been liaising with WA industry bodies regarding the protocols for movement of seedlings to allow for important seasonal plantings to occur.
Requirements include pre-shipment knockdown treatments, and seedlings must receive further treatment within seven days of being delivered.
The process has also involved DNA testing for the bacterium ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’, that causes the disease zebra chip in potatoes. It has not been detected in the samples tested from the properties.
Records of treatment must be maintained and there will be targeted inspections and follow-up surveillance.
All growers receiving these seedlings are being advised of their obligations.
The nurseries have rigorous farm biosecurity practices and chemical treatment regimes in place.
These protocols aim to mitigate the risk of spread and are being used in conjunction with a range of containment processes in response to this new pest.
The department has confirmed two new detections since the last industry update on 9 March. The psyllid has been confirmed on 54 properties, with the majority in the metropolitan area and five in regional areas.
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:
Phone: 9334 1800
Fax: 9334 1880
Check and report
Commercial vegetable producers, particularly in regional areas, are urged to check for signs of the psyllid and report via MyPestGuide Reporter app, email or phone.
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
Industry contacts for growers
Phone: 08 9481 0834
Potato Growers Association of WA
Phone: (08) 9481 0834
Nursery and Garden Industry Western Australia
Matthew Lunn, Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 0410 714 207
Department of Agriculture and Food, WA
Rohan Prince, Industry Liaison
Phone: 0429 680 069
Further information and general enquiries