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.
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The South Australian Government has extended a ban on importing live Pacific Oysters sourced from Tasmania into South Australia until 31 March 2020.
The ban prohibits the movement of live Pacific Oysters, Pacific Oyster spat and any used oyster farming equipment from Tasmania into South Australia. Any Pacific Oyster consignments originating from Tasmania must be non-live (eg. half-shell or frozen) and securely packaged.
The livestock standstill has been in effect since the detection of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) in Tasmania in February 2016 and is part of a number of biosecurity measures in place to protect South Australia’s oyster growing industry.
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