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Tomato Potato Psyllid – Market Access Update 2 (20 April 2017)

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Interstate trade and market access
New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory have emergency interstate movement controls in place for TPP and CLso host plants, and used equipment and machinery from Western Australia.
These import restrictions are made by the receiving state or territory.

NSW, SA, NT, Qld & Vic recognise plant families Solanaceae (the nightshade family including tomato, potato, chilli, capsicum and eggplant), Convolvulaceae (the morning glory family including sweet potato) and Lamiaceae (the mint family including mint, basil, thyme and lavender) as true hosts of TPP.

This includes both the plants (actual seedlings and plants) and the plant material (fruits, tubers and vegetables produced by these families).
These plant families are considered restricted material which means it cannot enter these states from WA without going through chemical treatment (usually methyl bromide fumigation) and post treatment inspection, to ensure there is no evidence of TPP. Potatoes and seed potatoes cannot enter these states under current movement controls.

In addition to this, SA, NSW & Vic recognise certain plants as carrier material (meaning they could carry a psyllid but not support the psyllid throughout its lifecycle) and have placed movement restrictions on them.

The restricted carrier families with the biggest impact on WA industries include: Brassicaceae (such as Brussel sprouts and cabbage), Poaceae (such as corn), Rosaceae (such as apples, stone fruit, pears and strawberries) and Fabaceae (such as peas and beans).
The other restricted families include Amaranthaceae (such as beetroot), Asteraceae (such as lettuce), Chenopodiaceae (such as spinach), Cupressaceae (conifer family including juniper), Malvaceae (such as okra and cotton), Pinaceae (pine trees), Plantaginaceae (some types of cut flowers), Polygonaceae (buckwheat), Ranunculaceae (buttercup), Salicaceae (willow trees), Violaceae (flowers such as violets), and Zygophyllaceae (caltrop).

For entry into NSW and Vic markets, these carrier plant families are considered restricted material which means it cannot enter these states from WA without going through chemical treatment and post treatment inspection.
The Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) is working as a priority with local and national industry and other states to facilitate interstate trade.

DAFWA advises industry to check specific information on treatments from the Quarantine WA Exports Office. Email: qa@agric.wa.gov.au Telephone: (08) 9334 1800

The full Market Access Update from DAFWA can be found here.

Latest changes to South Australian restrictions
South Australia has introduced new restrictions on a broader range of plant material, which will come into effect at 5pm 20 April, 2017. Dried plants, seed (other than potato), mulch, timber, chaff, and hay are exempt from these conditions.

South Australia has categorised plants into two categories:
Category 1 – all Solanaceae, Colvolvulaceae and Lamiaceae plants, plant material (including fruit and vegetables for consumption), cut flowers and potatoes (seed and ware).
Category 2 – there are numerous plant families in this category including a range of fruit and vegetables (see the lists above).
There are a range of requirements.

Category 2 plants can be sprayed (with chemicals and rates specified by Biosecurity SA) and inspected; or fumigated by a licensed fumigator and inspected.

Fruit and vegetables from both Category 1 or Category 2 can be treated with an insecticide known to be effective against the psyllid.
An alternative handling option for Category 2 produce is preparation and packaged using an approved agitated wash process.

There is a provision for Category 1 & 2 produce or plant material to be treated, inspected and certified in accordance with the conditions prescribed in an accreditation program by Biosecurity SA and administered by DAFWA.

For full details about these changes, please visit the Biosecurity South Australia webpage.

Protocols to allow trade
New changes to SA protocols include a washing protocol for specified produce. DAFWA is seeking recognition of this washing protocol in Victoria and NSW, allowing producers with an alternative method for exporting produce to these states.

DAFWA has created a market access team and has initiated and is negotiating proposed protocols for interstate trade of seed potatoes and nursery stock, with a number of national bodies including the Subcommittee of Domestic Quarantine and Market Access (SDQMA), Consultative Committee for Emergency Plant Pests (CCEPP), and Plant Health Committee (PHC).

Negotiations have focused on protocols to facilitate trade in the short term and longer term and align to international standards. These include systems approaches (a combination of risk mitigation measures) and pest free places of production.

DAFWA and industry continue to seeking clarity on measures, particularly for non-host plants and produce, and have reiterated the need for measures to be in line with international guidelines and scientific evidence.

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