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Market Access Update TPP 13 – 29/06/17

By June 30, 2017 No Comments

TPP carrier produce
Strawberries
NSW has issued a permit to allow strawberries to be imported, provided there is a 600 unit inspection conducted and the product is packed securely.
As reported in the last update, strawberry fruit can now move into SA subject to certification by DAFWA as inspected and packed under secure conditions.
DAFWA is expecting the final endorsements from for the Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocols and procedures for strawberry inspection this week.

Leafy vegetables

DAFWA has developed a leafy vegetable washing protocol for non-host produce.
A final protocol package is expected to be forwarded to jurisdictions for endorsement this week.
As reported in the last update, leafy fruit and vegetable such as beans, corn and lettuce that are processed through a packing house can move into SA subject to an approved washing procedure, inspection and secure packaging.

Nursery stock
Protocols for Non TPP host nursery stock have been completed, apart from minor administration changes, and are ready to go to SDQMA for final endorsements.

Conditional Non-TPP host produce

Pome and stone fruit
Fresh fruit such as apples, pears and stone fruit without any green material (i.e. leaves, green calyx or other green vegetative components) can move into SA and NSW without TPP conditions. Similar produce can move unrestricted into Qld and NT.

Dormant nursery stock
No new information.

Cut flowers, fruit and vegetables
No new information.

TPP/CLso host produce
DAFWA led a TPP/CLso Surveillance Workshop in Adelaide on 20 June 2017, attended by surveillance experts and representatives from AUSVEG, the Commonwealth, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.
* A number of epidemiological assumptions that underpin surveillance for CLso were agreed upon including:
* A surveillance plan to be designed to demonstrate state freedom from CLso and with an expectation that around 6 000 – 10 000 TPP will need to be tested for CLso.
* Pest Free Places of Production protocols will need host produce to be grown from seed in controlled facilities, undergo regular monitoring including continuous trapping for TPP. Under a pest free production site arrangement, if freedom from TPP was maintained, testing for CLso would not be warranted.
* An acceptable sampling and testing plan for CLso in seed potatoes currently in storage could not be agreed upon at the meeting.
* DAFWA to develop protocols for stored potatoes from regions where TPP has not been detected and supplement the surveillance data with appropriate sampling and testing protocols for consideration.
The outcomes of the Surveillance Workshop will be submitted to national Consultative Committee for Emergency Plant Pests for endorsement.

General advice for growers
Export inspection process
When exporting quarantine risk material to another States and Territories, it is the responsibility of the exporter to ensure they have met the quarantine requirements of the jurisdiction they are sending the produce.
If quarantine risk material is consigned to another States and Territories without meeting their import requirements, the exporter runs the risk of the consignment being sent back or destroyed at the exporters’ expense.
Export requests must be made in writing to Quarantine WA and lodged prior to booking an inspector. To request a copy of the ‘Export Requirements and Certification Request’ form, please email qa@agric.wa.gov.au
A fee of $39 applies to all requests processed.
Once the exporting business receives a reply, a booking can be made by contacting the inspector on the phone number provided.
Quarantine WA will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible, however if the Quarantine Authorities in another state need to be contacted, delays may occur. It is recommended that requests be lodged 24 hours prior to the expected date of export.
Exporters wishing to send produce on a weekend or public holiday are advised that requests lodged after 3pm Friday or 3pm on the previous working day may not be processed until the next business day.
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

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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