Mango growers now have a best practice biosecurity guide to reduce the risk of new pests damaging their orchards with the release of the Orchard Biosecurity Manual for the Mango Industry. The manual is written for producers, with plain and practical advice that can be applied on the farm.
The manual contains the information growers need to improve their biosecurity practices, enhancing protection for their orchards and livelihoods. Among the measures covered in the manual is regular pest surveillance and record keeping, using planting or propagation material that has a certified or documented health status, visitor movement controls and cleaning and disinfection of machinery coming onto the farm.
A review of the pests that pose the greatest threat to mango orchards found eight that should be of particular concern to growers and the manual contains pictures of these pests and the damage they cause so that growers can keep a look out. All have the potential to cause significant productivity losses.
“If exotic pests should become established in Australian orchards the consequences would be significant.” said Plant Health Australia’s Program Manager, Biosecurity Planning and Implementation, Dr Sharyn Taylor. “That’s why we recommend regular pest surveillance – it gives us the chance to detect things early enough to stop them gaining a foothold in Australia and spreading through mango growing areas.”
Growers are urged to report anything unusual to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline. “It’s therefore very important that growers and their staff can recognise common pests so that anything unusual can be reported” said Sharyn. “All growers play an important role in protecting their own farm and industry from biosecurity threats.”
The Orchard Biosecurity Manual for the Mango Industry was developed by the Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation in close collaboration with Plant Health Australia and the Australian Mango Industry Association.