Grain producers will have the chance to pick up Grains Farm Biosecurity signs and discuss biosecurity issues at the Wagin Woolorama in WA on 8 and 9 March 2013.
Western Australia’s Grains Biosecurity Officer, Jeff Russell, has corflute signs available to give away to grain producers at the WA Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) stand over the course of the two day event.
According to Jeff, the signs let visitors know that their actions could put production on your property at risk. “Any visitor to your farm could accidentally bring in weed seeds or other pests that could create problems,” he said. “Grains Farm Biosecurity signs direct visitors to contact you first before travelling around your land.
That gives you a chance to check out their vehicles and assess whether they pose a biosecurity risk to you. All grain producers should be using signs as a matter of course to reduce risks.”
Executive Director and CEO of Plant Health Australia (PHA), Greg Fraser says that signs are an easy way to boost biosecurity on properties.
“Putting up signs at entry points lets people know that they need to think about the biosecurity risks that their visit could pose,” he said. “The signs can be a very effective risk management practice, especially if combined with a dedicated visitor parking area. That way you confine vehicles coming onto the property, and any hazards they pose, to a single area that you can keep an eye on, rather than letting them spread pests into production areas.”
Mr Fraser urges all producers to take biosecurity seriously. “Biosecurity is everybody’s business,” he said. “From the federal government that looks after border and pre-border aspects to state governments, industry bodies, individual producers, and visitors to properties, we all have a role to play.”
“Today the risk might only be from new weeds but there are also quite a few serious pests that could badly affect grain crops. The same simple biosecurity measures such as farm biosecurity signs and dedicated parking areas will work in both cases.”
PHA manages the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program with funding from Grain Producers Australia (GPA). Through this program, state Grains Biosecurity Officers help grain growers by raising awareness of priority pests of the grains industry and assisting producers with simple and effective measures for implementing biosecurity on-farm.
Jeff Russell will be distributing signs and discussing biosecurity issues over the course of the show at the DAFWA stand.
Contact: Jeff Russell, Grains Biosecurity Officer for WA, 0447 851 801