Pest risk caught in nick of time

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Su­sanne Reilly

THE Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Food’s Quar­an­tine WA ser­vice in­spec­tors seized more than 43,000kg of risk ma­te­rial from air­port and road check­points in the 2014-15 fi­nan­cial year. Agri­cul­ture and Food Min­is­ter Ken Bas­ton says front­line biose­cu­rity de­fence is vi­tal.

“Be­ing able to stop the risk at the WA bor­der not only pro­tects our agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries but pro­vides a com­pet­i­tive mar­ket ad­van­tage,” he said.

Quar­an­tine in­spec­tions in­ter­cepted 109 sig­nif­i­cant pests, which in­cluded mango seed wee­vil in man­goes, cof­fee bean wee­vil in bananas, light brown ap­ple moth in cher­ries, ge­ometrid moth in cut flow­ers and sweet potato wee­vil in sweet pota­toes.

For the 2014-15 fi­nan­cial year, a con­tin­ued strong bor­der quar­an­tine pro­gram re­sulted in the preven­tion of ex­otic pests and dis­eases en­ter­ing the State, en­abling WA to main­tain area free­dom from many pests and dis­eases found in other states, Mr Bas­ton said.

“It is im­por­tant to un­der­stand how some­thing as sim­ple as bring­ing a piece of fruit or plant ma­te­rial into Western Aus­tralia can im­pact on our agri­cul­ture in­dus­tries if it is har­bour­ing pests or dis­eases,” he said.

Quar­an­tine de­tec­tor dogs and their han­dlers with Agri­cul­ture and Food Min­is­ter Ken Bas­ton at Perth do­mes­tic air­port.

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