Veg­etable safety for grow­ers

Gatton Star - - Life -

PEAK in­dus­try body AUSVEG has an­nounced its in­ten­tion to raise the cur­rent Emer­gency Plant Pest Re­sponse (EPPR) levy for the veg­etable in­dus­try in or­der to safe­guard grow­ers and their farms from po­ten­tial ex­otic pest in­cur­sions.

The veg­etable in­dus­try’s Emer­gency Plant Pest Re­sponse levy is cur­rently set at the rate of zero per cent, which was put in place in 2012 fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive in­dus­try con­sul­ta­tion.

AUSVEG spokesper­son Shaun Lindhe said the levy pro­vided a mech­a­nism form the in­dus­try to fund eradicatio­n ac­tiv­i­ties to re­duce the threat of ex­otic plant pets.

“AUSVEG in­tends to raise the veg­etable EPPR levy to 0.001 per cent of the value at the point of sale, which is ex­pected to ac­crue be­tween $14,000 and $19,000 per year based on fluc­tu­a­tions in to­tal farm gate sales since 2010,” Mr Lindhe said.

“Us­ing 2014/15 data from the Aus­tralian Bureau of Agri­cul­tural and Re­source Eco­nom­ics and Sci­ences, the es­ti­mated con­tri­bu­tions per year is $1.11 for small farms, $4.47 per year for medium farms and $29.27 per year for large farms.”

If suc­cess­fully in­creased it is in­tended funds ac­crued by the EPPR levy would con­trib­ute to on­go­ing an­nual eradicatio­n mea­sures against the Ori­en­tal fruit fly, Melon fly and New Guinea fruit fly as a part of the Tor­res Strait Fruit Fly Strat­egy.

SAFETY: Stop pests.

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