Update from the Subcommittee on Domestic Quarantine and Market Access (SDQMA) meeting on 14 June
SA, Victoria and Qld have advised that drafted amendments to strawberry, leafy vegetable and non-TPP host import conditions are awaiting sign-off by their Chief Plant Health Officers.
Protocols for TPP carrier produce
DAFWA is following up on requirements for Quarantine WA (QWA) inspectors undertaking inspections whilst the Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocols for inspections and a training course for businesses to undertake inspections are being finalised.
DAFWA is continuing negotiations with jurisdictions on the strawberry ICA protocols and procedures.
The Northern Territory has endorsed this ICA for inspection of strawberries.
Packhouse packed (beans, celery, cucumber, sweet corn, loose leaf lettuce, spinach)
DAFWA is finalising negotiations with jurisdictions on the washing and inspection ICA protocols and procedures.
The Northern Territory has endorsed this ICA for packhouse washing of TPP carrier produce.
Field packed (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower)
A national agreement on risk mitigation measures for field packed produce has not been reached.
An ICA protocol and procedure documenting the treatment and inspection process is being considered by the other jurisdictions for national endorsement. Favourable comments have been received from SA and Vic.
The Northern Territory has endorsed this ICA.
Cut flowers, fruit and vegetables
Jurisdictions have advised that ethyl formate will only be considered for cut flowers at this stage and not for fruits and vegetables.
Conditional Non-TPP host produce
Pome and stone fruit
The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries permits TPP carrier fruit, which includes apples, pears and stone fruit to move into the state without restriction, provided they are without leaves, green calyx or other green vegetative components.
Dormant nursery stock
Jurisdictions are currently reviewing spray and inspection protocols prior to amending import conditions for dormant (no green material) nursery stock.
DAFWA is actively pursuing a resolution to this issue to minimise any delay. Progress in this area will be communicated immediately as changes are known.
TPP/CLso host produce
A Certification Assurance (CA) protocol relating to tomato seedlings is being developed by DAFWA.
Other jurisdictions’ import conditions have been put in place. Growers wishing to export TPP/CLso host produce need to comply with interstate trade requirements.
A national agreement on the surveillance and diagnostics for CLso has not been reached. DAFWA is leading a workshop on 20 June to facilitate an agreed position on the surveillance and diagnostics for CLso.
General advice for growers
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 the MyPestGuide Reporter app, email or phone.
On-farm biosecurity practices, such as good farm hygiene and early reporting of suspicious symptoms should be in place to prevent the entry, establishment and spread of pests and diseases. Practical advice and information to assist producers – including a monthly e-newsletter, videos, manuals and record sheets – is available through the Farm Biosecurity website.
Industry contacts for growers
Phone: 08 9481 0834
Department of Agriculture and Food, WA Marc Poole
Phone: 08 9368 3224
Pest and Disease Information Service
Phone: 1800 084 881