The Potato Growers’ Biosecurity Manual outlines the recommended on farm biosecurity practices that aim to reduce the risks posed by pests and diseases. Other resources for potato producers are listed below.
When thinking about implementing biosecurity measures on your farm, the six biosecurity essentials are a good place to start. The biosecurity essentials are:
1. Farm inputs
2. People, vehicles and equipment
3. Production practices
4. Farm outputs
5. Feral animals and weeds
6. Train, plan and record
Tailored advice for potato growers based on the biosecurity essentials is included in the manual.
This section of the site also includes information about potato protected zones in Australia and movement restrictions that may apply when transporting potatoes interstate.
The Potato Growers' Biosecurity Manual is designed for use by potato growers and their staff, as well as contractors, researchers and consultants working in the industry. It outlines simple procedures that can be used to minimise the risk of introducing and spreading pests, diseases or weeds on your farm. By implementing the recommended measures in day-to-day operations, you will improve your farm's biosecurity and that of your region, minimising crop losses and additional costs.
The risk is real
Potato growers face different types of biosecurity risks:
Regionalised pests and diseases – that are already in Australia but are restricted to particular regions or can be kept off your farm through biosecurity practices.
On-farm biosecurity practices like those in this manual will help to protect your property from biosecurity risks.
The Potato Growers' Biosecurity Manual outlines the recommended on-farm biosecurity practices that aim to reduce the threats from pests and diseases. Other resources for potato 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 biosecurity activities through some self-assessment questions in the Biosecurity checklist. Once identified, a few simple, non-costly and practical procedures can be implemented to strengthen areas of greatest risk.
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.
The Pest Information Document Database on the Plant Health Australia website contains the pest-specific documents developed as part of industry biosecurity plans. These documents provide background and emergency response information on a number of the high priority pests of Australia's plant industries.
Animal Health Australia (AHA), the Invasive Species Council (ISC) and the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (CISS) are excited to announce the inaugural 2019 Australian Biosecurity Symposium to be held 12-13 June on the Gold Coast, QLD. Our Symposium will provide the ideal platform for diverse c...
THEMES: Future-proofing biosecurity - Australia will face unprecedented biosecurity risks over the next decade, so the work to build the biosecurity system for 2030 must begin now. This theme will explore emergency preparedness, learnings from other sectors (health, security etc.), risk appetite and game changers.
Visit www.biosym.com.au/program to see all the presentations we have on this topic and don't miss out on the Keynote Panel on Day Two where we discuss this in-depth with representatives from Australia and New Zealand.
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The FMD Ready’s sub-project 3 team are using computer simulation software to test FMD control strategies for Australia – to be prepared in the event an outbreak occurs.
They are currently analysing the results from the first phase of simulations of control strategies with vaccination. Early results from the simulations indicate there may be interesting differences in control strategies in intensive livestock production regions.
The FMD Ready’s sub-project 3 team are using computer simulation software to test FMD control strategies for Australia – to be prepared in the event an outbreak occurs. Find out more about their results at https://t.co/m88AQBo5tD
A big thanks to the 1000+ producers that provided their expert knowledge in the FMD Ready Project’s sub-project 2 producer surveys! Analysis of the data is now underway. Find out more https://t.co/N7xB6uVOmL
We’re pawsitive you’ll love Petal but if you’re in pawsession of #biosecurity risks, your arrival in Aust is gonna be ruff. A passenger from Thailand brought in undeclared pork & fresh leaves infected with citrus canker. Don’t be sorry, just declare it | https://t.co/9tXzvpHHI0
On Wed 1 May the FMD Ready Project’s Beef Innovation Pilot group met for the third time since it was formed to discuss the value of training in post-mortem examination and development of an outbreak response guide. Find out more https://t.co/WPtVsF7MkL
Researchers working in sub-project 1 of the FMD Ready project have been busy collaborating with Duke-National University Singapore to develop a method for processing samples taken from the nose and mouth of FMD-infected animals.
We are pleased to be hosting two #biosecurity specialists from #Vanuatu #SolomonIslands for three weeks as part of the #Pacific Plant Biosecurity Program https://t.co/w3EJhXMz0t @ACIARAustralia @CrawfordFund