The Department of Agriculture and Food has confirmed 10 new detections since the last industry update on 13 March. The psyllid has been confirmed on 64 properties, with the majority in the metropolitan area.
There have been nine detections in regional areas outside the existing Quarantine Area. These include Balingup, Busselton, Margaret River and Yarloop. The detections, as a result of department surveillance, have been in commercial capsicum, tomato, eggplant and potato crops, and at a retailer selling vegetable seedlings in Margaret River.
Changes to Quarantine Area Notice
Major changes to the Quarantine Area Notice will come into effect next week.
These changes are in line with a national response plan which includes emergency containment measures for tomato potato psyllid (TPP) and increased testing and monitoring for Candidatus liberibacter solanacearum (CLso).
The new notice will include a significant extension of the Quarantine Area (QA) with directions for the movement and treatment host material in order to contain and control the pest.
The revised measures will provide a consistent approach for producers in the current QA and surrounds, where the psyllid is present. The new measures aim to limit TPP spread into regional areas, and are coupled with ongoing surveillance and monitoring by the department.
More detailed information on the changes will be circulated this week.
Splitting of consignments
Consignments packed outside the Quarantine Area and transported into the QA can now be split in line with the Interstate Certification Assurance ICA 17 ‘Reconsigning Whole of Split Consignments and Transporting of Certified Produce’. A consignee who wishes to split a consignment, within the QA area, will need to have an accredited quarantine facility and follow the protocol outlined in ICA17. Details of ICA17, including operational procedures, can be viewed at the Australian Interstate Quarantine website.
For details on accreditation please contact Quarantine WA Exports Officer to verify export requirements:
Phone: 9334 1800
Fax: 9334 1880
New protocols for fruit movement
An alternative post-harvest protocol (to methyl bromide) for solanaceous fruit involving a range of washing, flood spraying, brushing and drying methods is being finalised under a certification assurance arrangement. An update will be provided as soon as these protocols are available and details published on the department’s website.
Other response activities
Targeted surveillance in regional areas is progressing as a priority.
Department officers have inspected more than 450 properties across the state.
Almost 3000 surveillance ‘sticky’ traps have been installed across regional and metropolitan areas since surveillance activities began. Traps are collected for analysis several days later.
The department is testing large volumes of insect and plant material. Every trap is visually inspected by department officers for the tomato potato psyllid.
Psyllids found on a trap undergo diagnostics to determine morphology, and are tested for the bacteria.
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 reminded 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