These documents outline the recommended on farm biosecurity practices that aim to reduce the risk of pests. Other resources for vegetable producers are also listed below. The vegetable industry section also includes information about specific pests and management practices.
Hive biosecurity is also important to some vegetable crops. The Biosecurity Manual for Beekeepers contains information to protect the health of honey bees and maintain production levels of vegetables dependent on fertilisation.
By implementing the recommended measures in your day-to-day operations, you will enhance your biosecurity and that of your region, while minimising productivity losses and unnecessary costs.
Here are six simple things you can do to reduce the threat of new pests entering and establishing on your farm.
1. Be aware of biosecurity threats
Make sure you, your farm workers and contractors are familiar with the most important vegetable pest threats. Conduct a biosecurity induction session on your farm to explain hygiene practices for workers, equipment and vehicles.
2. Use quality, pest-free propagation material from known sources
Ensure all propagation material (seed, transplants, tubers, corms, bulbs, rhizomes, etc.) and farm inputs are fully tested and pest free. Keep records (batch numbers, source) and retain a sample 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 decontaminated before they enter and leave your farm.
4. Check your crop
Monitor your crops frequently. Knowing the usual crop appearance will help you recognise new or unusual pests or plant symptoms. Keep written and photographic records of all unusual observations. Constant vigilance is vital for early detection of any exotic plant pest.
5. Abide by the law
Support and be aware of laws and regulations established to protect the vegetable industry and other horticultural industries in your region.
6. Report anything unusual
If you suspect a new pest – report it to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881.
Manuals for the vegetable industry are included in the links below. These documents outline the recommended on farm biosecurity practices that aim to reduce the risk of pests. Other resources for vegetable 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.
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.
Pest surveillanceReporting suspect pests
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
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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