Update from NSW
The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries has advised that TPP carrier fruit, which includes apples, pears and stone fruit, can move into the state without restriction, provided they are without leaves, green calyx or other green vegetative components.
Note: Strawberries are not included in this advice as they have a green calyx. We are seeking further advice on this matter.
NSW has advised that TPP carrier cut flowers and plants must undergo insecticide treatment effective against adult TPP and also undergo inspection. They must also be in secure packaging, remain isolated from untreated produce and be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate. For permit details, please refer to the NSW DPI website.
TPP carrier cut flowers and plants include Amaranthaceae (e.g. beetroot); Poaceae (e.g. corn); Brassicaceae (e.g. Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage); Asteraceae (e.g. lettuce); Fabaceae (e.g. peas and beans); Asclepiadaceae; Polygonaceae (e.g. buckwheat); Ranunculaceae (e.g. buttercup); Rosaceae (e.g. apples, stone fruit, pears); Chenopodiaceae (spinach); Salicaceae; Scrophulariceae; Malvaceae; Violaceae (e.g. violets); Pinaceae (e.g. pine); and Zygophyllaceae.
Protocols for TPP carrier produce
Following the 1 June teleconference with the Subcommittee on Domestic Quarantine and Market Access (SDQMA) members several jurisdictions have advised they have drafted their import conditions and are awaiting sign-off by their Chief Plant Health Officers.
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
Packhouse packed (beans, celery, cucumber, sweet corn, loose leaf lettuce, spinach)
Following comments from other jurisdictions, an updated draft ICA protocol documenting the washing and inspection process has been sent for national 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.
NSW has confirmed conditions as of 9 June (outlined above). DAFWA is following up with other jurisdictions to minimise any delay with the draft ICA protocol documenting the insecticide spray treatment and inspection.
Cut flowers, fruit and vegetables
Efficacy data and permits for the use of ethyl formate were forwarded to SDQMA for consideration to enable cut flowers, fruit and vegetables to be exported to other states. DAFWA is following up the jurisdictions to minimise any delay.
Conditional Non-TPP host produce
Pome and stone fruit
Following the 1 June teleconference with the SDQMA, members of several jurisdictions have advised they have drafted their import conditions and are awaiting sign-off.
NSW has advised that TPP carrier fruit, which includes apples, pears and stone fruit, can move into the state without restriction, provided they are without leaves, green calyx or other green vegetative components. DAFWA is following up with other jurisdictions to minimise any delay.
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 host produce
A Certification Assurance (CA) protocol relating to tomato seedlings is being developed by DAFWA.
A draft protocol has been sent to the exporter for comment.
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 later this month 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
Phone: 08 9368 3224
Pest and Disease Information Service
Phone: 1800 084 881