Vegetable safety for growers
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.