Be on high alert for cit­rus canker dis­ease

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Rural Crime -

AN EX­ER­CISE de­signed to im­prove the NSW cit­rus in­dus­try’s readi­ness for an out­break of se­ri­ous dis­ease was held this week. Ex­er­cise Or­ange Juice, a dis­cus­sion based ex­er­cise, tested the abil­ity of NSW to man­age and erad­i­cate cit­rus canker, a dis­ease with the po­ten­tial to dev­as­tate the NSW in­dus­try.

NSW DPI deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral food safety and biose­cu­rity, Dr Bruce Christie, said the proac­tive, col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach was key to be­ing in con­trol should an out­break oc­cur in NSW.

“The dis­ease causes le­sions on the leaves, fruit and stems of cit­rus trees, and while it doesn’t pose a risk to hu­man health, the un­sightly le­sions ren­der fruit worth­less,” he said. “Lessons learnt from Ex­er­cise Or­ange Juice will ob­vi­ously be im­por­tant to the cit­rus in­dus­try, but they’ll also be im­por­tant to our ef­forts to pro­tect the wider $1.4 bil­lion NSW hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try.”

Symp­toms of cit­rus canker are most likely to man­i­fest in spring. Dr Christie urges those with back­yard cit­rus trees to in­spect their trees and re­port sus­pi­cious symp­toms.

More in­for­ma­tion at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au.

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