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Market Access Update 9 TPP – 07/06/17

This update contains information specific to those industries affected by TPP and Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso) interstate trade movement restrictions. For more general information on TPP or for intrastate movement advice, please visit agric.wa.gov.au/tpp

DAFWA’s market access team is continuing to meet weekly with representatives from affected industries.

Protocols for TPP carrier produce

Strawberries

The TPP Market Access team had a teleconference with the Subcommittee on Domestic Quarantine and Market Access (SDQMA) members on 1 June 2017. The resumption of the movement of strawberries that have undergone inspection and are securely packed was discussed during the teleconference.

Agreements for strawberries are expected to be in place sometime this week. DAFWA has contacted the Chair of SDQMA to follow up with the jurisdictions to achieve this outcome.

A draft Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocol documenting the inspection process has been developed. Several states have responded to the draft and these comments have been addressed in an updated version, which has already been submitted for endorsement.

DAFWA will undertake inspection whilst the ICA protocols for inspections and a training course for Authorised Inspection Persons are being finalised.

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

  • Packhouse packed (beans, celery, cucumber, sweet corn, loose leaf lettuce, spinach)

A draft ICA protocol documenting the washing and inspection process has been developed. Several states have responded to the draft and these comments are being addressed in an updated version, which will be sent this week for endorsement.

  • Field packed (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower)

ICA protocols for field packed vegetables are still under development and are currently being discussed with other jurisdictions.

Nursery stock

A draft ICA protocol documenting the insecticide spray treatment and inspection process has been developed. Several states have responded to the draft and these comments have been addressed in an updated version and already resubmitted for endorsement. DAFWA will follow up with the jurisdiction to minimise any delay.

Cut flowers, fruit and vegetables

Efficacy data and permits for the use of ethyl formate have been forwarded to jurisdictions for consideration to enable cut flowers, fruit and vegetables to be exported to other states. SDQMA Secretariat has requested information from jurisdictions by 9 June 2017. ICA protocols relating to this are being investigated.

Conditional Non-TPP host produce

Pome and stone fruit

The TPP Market Access team had a teleconference with the SDQMA members on 1 June 2017. The resumption of the movement of apples that are free of a green calyx was discussed.

All representatives at the meeting indicated that approvals in line with the in-principle agreements for apples are expected to be in place sometime this week. DAFWA has contacted the Chair of SDQMA to follow up with the jurisdictions to achieve this outcome.

Dormant nursery stock

The other jurisdictions are currently reviewing the in-principle agreements made regarding resumption of trade of dormant (no green material) nursery stock and have requested a review of spray and inspection protocols.

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 hosts produce

Nursery stock

A Certification Assurance (CA) protocol relating to tomato seedlings is being developed by DAFWA.

Fruit

Other jurisdictions’ import conditions have been put in place. Growers wishing to export TPP/CLso host produce need to comply with interstate trade requirements.

Potatoes

A national agreement on the surveillance and diagnostic for CLso has not been reached. DAFWA is leading a workshop in mid-late June (proposed 20-21 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.

If growers have crops ready for immediate export, please advise DAFWA and the Market Access team at TPP-MarketAccess@agric.wa.gov.au

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 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