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165 advisories found for Horticulture.
 

Biosecurity Advisory 8/2020 - Draft Routine Import Risk Analysis for Potato Spindle Tuber Viroid (PSTVd) for comment - Update with correct link

Routine Import Risk Analysis for Potato Spindle Tuber Viroid (PSTVd)

Please note previous email contained incorrect link

This Import Risk Analysis (IRA) has been undertaken as part of Biosecurity Tasmania’s plant biosecurity risk analysis program, where it identifies and reviews pest risks that may present a threat to the State in association with the daily trade of goods, services and movement of people.
These IRA reporting processes are consistent with national and international guidelines.
This IRA provides a number of recommendations including whether or not an Import Requirement is considered necessary to manage biosecurity risk.

The draft report can be downloaded from here Import Risk Analysis for Public Consultation


Comments can be provided to Biosecurity.planthealth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au  by 27 August 2020

For further information please –contact us via email to Biosecurity.planthealth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

(29/6/2020)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;


Biosecurity Advisory 7/2020 – Expressions of Interest for Tasmanian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC) Chair

​The Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC) is established under the Animal Welfare Act 1993. Its functions are set out under section 40 of the Act and include advising the Minister on animal welfare issues and considering any proposed changes to animal welfare legislation.  

Section 39 of the Animal Welfare Act 1993 outlines membership of the committee. Most of the members are representatives of organisations specified under the Act, however the Chairperson is independent.  All members are appointed by the Minister. 

The most recent AWAC Chair has resigned and expressions of interest are being sought to fill the position of Chairperson. Remuneration for this position is $10,000 pa. 

Members of AWAC, including the Chair, are appointed by the Minister for a maximum term of 3 years and may be reappointed. Meetings are held approximately quarterly or as required. 

Interested applicants should provide a statement that outlines their interest in and suitability for the position of Chairperson. 

Expressions of Interest should be addressed to: Fiona De Jersey, Executive Officer, Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, c/- Biosecurity Tasmania, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), GPO Box 44, Hobart Tasmania 7001 or emailed to: Fiona.DeJersey@dpipwe.tas.gov.au  by 5pm, Monday 13 July 2020.

For further information on the AWAC please refer to the Animal Welfare Act 1993 at www.thelaw.tas.gov.au or contact Kevin de Witte, Chief Veterinary Officer on 0408 869 446 or by email: Kevin.dewitte@dpipwe.tas.gov.au​


(26/6/2020)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 6/2020 – Launch of Climate Research Grants Program

​The Tasmanian Government has launched a Climate Research Grants Program to support research that will improve our understanding of, and adaptation to, Tasmania’s future climate.

Climate research can support Tasmanian businesses, industry and the community to prepare for the risks and opportunities of a changing climate.

Individual grants of up to $50,000 are available towards climate change projects that support research, and/or the development of decision support tools, that align with one or more of these seven priority research areas:
  • Compound extreme events
  • Agriculture sector
  • Biosecurity and invasive pests
  • Tourism sector
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Aquaculture and wild fisheries
  • Tools for decision making
The Grants Program is open to organisations such as research institutes, Tasmanian peak organisations, businesses, and not-for-profit organisations.

Applications are now open and will close on 12 June 2020.

For further information visit: 
www.climatechange.tas.gov.au

(4/5/2020)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 5/2020 – Updated Permit to Allow Minor Use of an Unregistered AgVet Chemical Product for Control of European Wasps in Tasmania

​An updated permit has recently been issued by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for the control of European wasps (Vespula germanica) in Tasmania (Permit Number – PER89402).

The permit is valid until 31 March 2025.

In support of industry, DPIPWE continues as the permit holder, however the updated permit removes DPIPWE as the approved supplier and distributor of wasp baits.  The permit allows licenced Pest Control Operators, State Government and Local Government employees and primary producers (who are suitably qualified and are experienced in the application of agricultural chemicals), to control European wasps using meat based baits containing Fipronil.

Licenced pest controllers are automatically deemed suitably qualified and experienced in the application of agricultural chemicals to use the product under the permit.  

State and Local Government employees and primary producers will need to have successfully completed training in the use of agricultural chemicals.  The currently available training units are AHCCHM304 (Transport and Store Chemicals) and AHCCHM307 (Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases), or equivalent such as ChemCert.

Baits may be used within vineyards, horticultural crops, public parks and reserves, outside eating areas and residential areas.  The use of the baits in urban residential areas is restricted to licensed Pest Control Operators and State/Local Government employees trained for this use.

Some critical considerations regarding the permit conditions:
  • There are products registered to directly treat European wasp nests.  Baits may only be used when European ​wasp nests cannot be located or reached.
  • Pre-baiting with blank (untreated) baits must be performed before using Fipronil-treated baits.
  • Baiting with Fipronil can only be carried out if blank baits attract at least ten (10) European wasps in ten (10) minutes.
  • If native species are at risk, treated baits must not be used until a location can be found that precludes native species.​
The permit also contains additional important details regarding appropriate preparation and storage of baits (including permitted commercial Fipronil products and required dose rates), safety considerations for users, positioning and labelling of bait stations, requirements for completion of the baiting program, reporting adverse effects on any person or the environment and required record keeping.

NOTE - The continuation of this updated permit is subject to the outcomes of the current APVMA review of Fipronil.  Biosecurity Tasmania will provide updates on this as required.

For more information on European wasps and for a copy of the APVMA permit please visit:  https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/plant-biosecurity/pests-and-diseases/european-and-english-wasps

For more information on the appropriate use of agricultural chemicals and the relevant training opportunities please contact state.coordinator@dpipwe.tas.gov.au or call Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777.

(24/4/2020)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 4/2020 -​ Amendments to Import Requirement 2 – Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide for fruit fly host produce

After the recent detection of fruit fly larvae in host produce at the Tasmanian border by biosecurity officers, Biosecurity Tasmania has made some amendments to Import Requirement 2 – Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide (IR2). 

These amendments were developed in partnership with Agriculture Victoria with the same changes being introduced into the Victorian Interstate Certification Assurance arrangement ICA-04 Fumigation with Methyl Bromide operational protocol. 

The amendments will take effect at 12:01am on Tuesday 10 March 2020.

The amendments include:
  • Pre-treatment inspections of ‘high risk’ commodities: mangoes, stone fruit and chillies;
  • Fumigation of high risk commodities in a separate fumigation chamber to any other fruit fly host produce; and
  • Administrative requirements to include the recording of fumigation chamber number against fumigated lots on certification.
Biosecurity Tasmania will only accept certification under ICA-04 protocols that align with the amended IR2 (effectively currently limited to Victorian accredited businesses).
You can find the amended IR2 on the DPIPWE website​. Please note that the version of IR2 contained in the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania (Edition 2020) PDF is therefore no longer valid as of 10 March 2020.

(6/3/2020)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 3/2020 -​ Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in Australia

Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been detected on the northern Queensland mainland and in the Torres Strait islands. 

Due to the pest’s reproductive capacity, ability to fly long distances and wide host range, combined with the remoteness and spread of known infestations, the national Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests (CCEPP) has met and has made recommendations to the National Management Group it is not technically feasible to eradicate the pest.

Fall armyworm affects more than 350 host crops.  Many of these hosts are important cropping species (i.e. vegetables, fruit, and cereals) that are widely traded for retail food supply e.g. tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, corn, rice, sorghum, millet, sugarcane, rye and wheat.  

There are species of Spodoptera already present in Australia, which can look similar to fall armyworm.​

What is the risk for Tasmania? 

As a precautionary measure, Biosecurity Tasmania has declared fall armyworm a pest under the Plant Quarantine Act 1997. This means that in the event it is intercepted in traded plants or plant products at the border, regulatory intervention can be undertaken.

Fall armyworm is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas and is most likely found in warm, moist regions where it thrives.

The fall armyworm is not likely to thrive in the cool temperate Tasmanian climate and the current assessment is that it is unlikely to establish permanent populations here.

Due to the ability of the fall armyworm to fly long distances it may migrate into Tasmania from interstate in the future.  However, such migrations are likely to be seasonal and populations are likely to die back in the cooler seasons. 

Biosecurity Tasmania will identify any suspected fall armyworm specimens at no cost. Contact Biosecurity Tasmania 03 6165 3777.

Further information about fall armyworm is available on the Queensland Government website.​

(28/2/2020)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 2/2020 - An important reminder regarding requirements for the importation of cattle into Tasmania.


Biosecurity Tasmania would like to remind importers that the following conditions exist in relation to the importation of cattle into Tasmania.

  • The shipment must be accompanied by a completed:
  • The cattle must be identified with a National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) identification device. 
  • The cattle must be inspected by the owner or person in charge within 7 days prior to movement to Tasmania, and be found free of signs of disease.
  • The cattle must not be known or suspected of being infected with, or exposed to a List A or List B disease (https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/animal-biosecurity/animal-health/notifiable-animal-diseases), other than Johne's Disease, within 42 days prior to movement to Tasmania commencing.  Please note - Enzootic Bovine Leucosis (EBL) remains a list B notifiable disease in Tasmania.
  • The herd of origin must not be subject to any animal movement restrictions, other than restrictions for Bovine Johne's Disease.
  • Cattle that are infected or suspected of being infected with Johne’s disease may be introduced into Tasmania providing the purchaser or recipient has been advised that the cattle are infected or suspected of being infected with Johne’s Disease.
  • The owner or person in charge of the animals in the exporting State or Territory must certify within 7 days prior to movement to Tasmania that, to the best of their knowledge, all the above conditions have been met. 
  • A Stock Inspector or Government Veterinary Officer in the state of origin must certify that after due enquiry, they have no reason to doubt the above 'owner declaration'. 
  • The importer must transfer NLIS numbers of these cattle on the NLIS database within seven (7) days of arrival in Tasmania.
Application to the Chief Veterinary Officer for a Special Authority to import cattle into Tasmania may be made for cattle not meeting the above requirements (please contact: AnimalDisease.Enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au​).
Further information regarding livestock importation to Tasmania is available at https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/biosecurity/importing-animals 

(17/1/2020)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 1/2020 -​ Tasmania is Queensland fruit fly free – please help us keep it that way

Summer is the peak time for fruit fly activity on mainland Australia and a time of increased risk for Tasmania.

While Biosecurity Tasmania has strict controls in place aimed at preventing fruit fly from getting into Tasmania, we ask everybody to remain vigilant for any signs of fruit fly.

Fruit fly larvae look similar to blowfly maggots and could be found in fruit that you bought from the supermarket or from fruit in your backyard.

Queensland fruit flies lay eggs in maturing and ripe fruit on trees and sometimes in fallen fruit. The maggots (larvae) hatch and the fruit is destroyed by the feeding maggots and by associated fruit decay. Queensland fruit flies can lay eggs in a wide range of fruit, fruiting vegetables and native fruiting plants.

Evidence of Queensland fruit fly activity is also sometimes observed as puncture marks (stings) in the skin of fruit. The stings are where the female fruit fly has laid her eggs.

If you see something suspect and are not sure, please report it to Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777.

Please do not dispose of any fruit that has larvae you think might be fruit fly.  Instead place the fruit in a plastic bag or plastic container and put it in your fridge until a Biosecurity Tasmania officer can collect it.

For more information on Queensland fruit fly visit the Biosecurity Tasmania website at: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/fruitfly

(8/1/2020)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 30/2019 - Release of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania 2020 Edition & changes to the Tasmanian Biosecurity Import Requirement Database - TBIRD

Biosecurity Tasmania wishes to advise that the 2020 edition of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania (PBMTas) is available as of today, 18 December 2019.

The 2020 edition incorporates a number of changes to import requirements including:

  • ​Import Requirement 2 – Fruit Fly Host Produce – Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide;
  • Import Requirement 10 – Grape Phylloxera – Hosts and Vectors;
  • ​Import Requirement 11 – Onion Smut and Iris Yellow Spot Tospovirus – Hosts and Vectors;
  • ​Import Requirement 31 – Hosts and Vectors – Citrus Canker
  • Import Requirement 37 – Plant Material and Soil for the Purposes of Laboratory Analysis or Diagnosis; and
  • Import Requirement 46 – Tomato Potato Psyllid – Hosts and Vectors.

Some of the above changes occurred during 2019 and are now incorporated into the 2020 edition.

Additionally, Parts 1 and 2 of the PBMTas have been reformatted to make it easier for importers to understand their general obligations when importing prescribed matter into Tasmania.

A more comprehensive list of all changes can be found in the section 68 notice at the front of the PBMTas 2020 edition.

Please also be advised that Biosecurity Tasmania’s up to date pest and disease listings (Regulated Quarantine Pests including List A and B pests and diseases as well as Unwanted Quarantine Pests) can be found within the PBMTas 2020 edition or from here.

In addition, the current Tasmanian Biosecurity Import Requirement Database (TBIRD) has been disabled to make way for a new and improved database of biosecurity import requirements (TBIRD v2.0). TBIRD v2.0 will include import requirements relating to plants and plant products, animal health, wildlife and invasive species.

It is anticipated that TBIRD v2.0 will be available in mid-2020.

In the meantime, Tasmania’s import requirements for prescribed matter (plants and plant products) can be accessed via the PDF version of the PBMTas 2020 edition​.

(18/12/2019)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Livestock; Marine pests; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 29/2019 - Biosecurity Advisory Committee Announced

​The Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Guy Barnett, has announced appointments to the Tasmanian Biosecurity Advisory Committee.

The selection of the Committee followed a public expression of interest process and has been formed as an independent advisory body to the Government and Minister to help guide Government strategies and policy for biosecurity matters in Tasmania.

Members appointed to the Committee include industry leaders and experts across animal and plant agriculture, fisheries, science, environment, government, tourism and other representatives - drawn from across Tasmania.

Visit the Biosecurity Tasmania website for information on the Biosecurity Act 2019 and the Committee.​ www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-act​​​

(28/11/2019)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;

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