The orchard manuals for apples and pears, avocados, bananas, cherries, citrus, mangos, papayas and almonds below contain recommended on-farm biosecurity practices that aim to reduce the risk of pests. Other resources for fruit and nut producers are also listed.
For growers of blackberries, blueberries, lychees, macadamias, olives, passionfruit, pineapples, pistachios, raspberries, strawberries and walnuts, farm biosecurity measures are included in industry biosecurity plans. Visit Biosecurity essentials for general information that all producers can use to implement biosecurity measures on -farm. Please contact your peak industry body to obtain specific on-farm biosecurity practices recommended for these crops.
Here are six easy ways you can reduce the threat of new pests impacting on your livelihood. Each of these practices should be embedded in your orchard’s everyday management as they make good business sense by reducing the risk of spreading pests.
1. Be aware of biosecurity threats
Make sure you and your orchard workers are familiar with the most important exotic fruit pest threats. Conduct a biosecurity induction session to explain required hygiene practices for people, equipment and vehicles in your orchard or plantation.
2. Use pest-free propagation material
Ensure all propagation material is from trusted sources and farm inputs are fully tested, pest-free and preferably certified. Keep good records of your farm inputs.
3. Keep it clean
Practicing good sanitation and hygiene will help prevent the entry and movement of pests onto your property. Workers, visitors, vehicles and equipment can spread pests, so make sure they are clean before entering and leaving your property. Have a designated visitor’s area and provide vehicle and personnel wash-down facilities.
4. Check your orchard
Monitor your trees frequently. Knowing the usual appearance of your orchard and trees will help you recognise new or unusual events and pests. Keep written and photographic records of all unusual observations. Constant vigilance is vital for early detection of any exotic plant pest threat.
5. Abide by the law
Respect and be aware of laws and regulations established to protect the fruit industry, Australian agriculture, and your region.
6. Report anything unusual
If you suspect a new pest – report it immediately to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881.
Orchard manuals for a number of fruit and nut industries are included in the links below. This includes apples and pears, avocados, bananas, cherries, citrus, mangos, papayas and almonds. These documents outline the recommended on farm biosecurity practices that aim to reduce the risk of pests. Other resources for fruit and nut producers are also listed.
To ensure your property has the best protection against the introduction and spread of new pests, identify the strengths and weaknesses of your orchard's biosecurity activities through some self-assessment questions.
Once identified, a few simple, non-costly and practical procedures can be implemented to strengthen areas of greatest risk to your orchard. While changing everyday practices can take more effort in the short term, these will become second nature with time and are easier and cheaper than dealing with the introduction of a new pest.
Pest surveillanceReporting suspect pests
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Oh come on the Industry does as it pleases regardless of public opinion
Look what happened with transport and saleysrds S&Gs now we have legalised cruelty
this might interest you Kat Ryan
Rita Schembri Canning
I truly hope this has the outcome it should. Not before time.
Reading this is absolutely heart breaking. Animals don't deserve to be tortured like this - beak trimming was particularly difficult to read. Day old chicks are subjected to horrible cruelty! 😞
Followed by a life of imprisonment in cramped cages/sheds, not fair! 😞
Animals want to live just as much as you and me
I'm sorry 💔 absolutely heart breaking 💔
Chickens are food not friends. They harbour plenty of diseases and are intellectually stunted. I would have nothing to do with them if they weren’t beheaded, defeathered and butchered to form the backbone of my Indian curry dishes.
Kelly Hansen Andelko Jukic
It's about time.
Yes people, animals have more rights than children in Australia.
These standards will never be adhered to, if you read the last sentence under 'Guidelines' says 'Non compliance with guidelines will not be an offence,' derrrrr! Why have standards and guidelines if they are full of jelly water?
You can watch the torture right here. Be on the right side of history and #GoVegan Aussie Farms
Just another thing that will turn into a business, and to make a profit out of every one. Just like RSPCA.
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