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Market Access Update 6 – 26/05/17

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Protocols for TPP carrier produce
Following the Market Access meeting held in Adelaide, Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocols for inspection, washing and spray treatments have been developed and were sent to the other jurisdictions for approval on Monday 22 May, 2017.
DAFWA staff are assisting the other jurisdictions to review these ICA protocols and we have requested a response by 1 June 2017.
These ICA protocols relate to the following categories; strawberries, pack house processed vegetables and non-host nursery stock.

Conditional Non-TPP hosts
An in-principle agreement to remove trade restrictions on dormant nursery stock, fruit of pome and stone fruit; provided they are free of leafy materials including calyx, has been reached but movement is still restricted until SA, Victoria and NSW amend their entry conditions. DAFWA staff are working with the other states to support this process and any changes to entry conditions will be communicated to industry. If growers have crops that are ready for immediate export, please advise DAFWA and Market Access staff at TPP-MarketAccess@agric.wa.gov.au.

Leafy vegetables
Pack house packed (beans, celery, cucumber, sweet corn, loose leaf lettuce, spinach) An in-principle agreement for packed leafy vegetables that have undergone washing (hydrocooling, dipped in water or flood spraying), targeted inspection and securely packaged after inspection. ICA protocols relating to this have been developed by DAFWA and are currently with the other jurisdictions for review and endorsement but movement is still restricted until SA, Vic. and NSW amend their entry conditions.

Field packed (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower)
ICA protocols for field packed vegetables are still being explored and DAFWA staff are investigating if current spraying options, which can be applied pre-harvest, can mitigate TPP risks.

Cut flowers
Efficacy data on the use of ethyl formate has been forwarded to jurisdictions for consideration to enable cut flowers to be exported to other states. ICA protocols relating to this are being investigated.

Nursery stock
An in-principle agreement has been reached for non-host nursery stock that has undergone insecticide treatment and inspection. ICA protocols relating to this have been developed by DAFWA and are currently with the other jurisdictions for review and endorsement but movement is still restricted until SA, Victoria and NSW amend their entry conditions.

Strawberries
An in-principle agreement has been reached for strawberries, which have undergone a 600 unit inspection by government or by an accredited person, and are securely packaged after inspection, would be accepted by the other states but movement is still restricted until SA, Vic. and NSW amend their entry conditions.
Once entry conditions have been amended, WA has agreed to carry out the inspections and security assurance via a Plant Health Certificate (PHC) until the ICA protocols are implemented.
ICA protocols relating to this have been developed by DAFWA and are currently with the other jurisdictions for review and endorsement and an approved training program for accreditation of inspectors is being developed. If growers have crops that are ready for immediate export, please advise DAFWA and Market Access staff at TPP-MarketAccess@agric.wa.gov.au.

CLso host fruits such as tomatoes, capsicum, chilli and eggplants
There is national agreement that host fruits such as tomatoes, capsicum, chilli and eggplants can be exported into the other states and territories as long as they have been fumigated with methyl bromide and been inspected.
Grain has been removed from the restricted list.

Please check the latest interstate trade requirements in relation to plant material and produce. Full details of the entry conditions are updated on the NSW, Victorian and South Australian department websites.

Check and report
Commercial horticulture producers, particularly in regional areas, are urged to check for signs of the psyllid and report via MyPestGuide Reporter app, email or phone. Good farm biosecurity procedures should be in place 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
vegetablesWA
Phone: 08 9481 0834
Email: office@vegetableswa.com.au

Department of Agriculture and Food, WA
Marc Poole
Phone: 08 9368 3224
Email: marc.poole@agric.wa.gov.au

Pest and Disease Information Service
Phone: 1800 084 881
Email: info@agric.wa.gov.au

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