Ship re­turned to China af­ter pest found

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

A SHIP car­ry­ing cars and ma­chin­ery has been sent back to China be­cause brown mar­morated stink bugs on board could have dec­i­mated Aus­tralia’s $12 bil­lion hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­try.

The MV Tri­umph, owned by Ar­ma­cup, had come through mul­ti­ple ports.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter David Lit­tleproud said Aus­tralia would never com­pro­mise on keep­ing its farm sec­tor safe.

“Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture in­spec­tions found more than a hun­dred brown mar­morated stink bugs and other bugs on the Tri­umph, which in­di­cates a live pop­u­la­tion on the boat. Th­ese bugs eat ev­ery­thing from toma­toes to ap­ples and broc­coli to beans,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“The risk to our in­dus­try was un­ac­cept­able.

“We di­rected the ves­sel to leave our wa­ters, which it now has.

“I thank the ship­ping line and op­er­a­tor for openly co-op­er­at­ing with us on the is­sue.”

The bug comes from Asia and is now wreak­ing havoc in parts of Eu­rope.

The Fed­eral Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture put height­ened sur­veil­lance for cargo ves­sels and ad­di­tional pre-ar­rival re­port­ing in place across extra ex­port­ing coun­tries and goods.

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