Biosecurity preparedness the focus for new project

boot dip signageA range of practical resources to increase biosecurity preparedness in the nursery industry will be made available as part of a five-year project being carried out by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).

The project, titled ‘Building the resilience and on-farm biosecurity capacity of the Australian production nursery industry’ will use a framework of knowledge and expertise, innovation, collaboration and frontline delivery.

Web-based resources will be created specifically for nursery production businesses in Australia to better manage pests and diseases.

Additionally, comprehensive on-farm training will also be provided in each state and territory, in regions with concentrated numbers of production nurseries. Training will also be available for more remote businesses through webinars. Training will focus on practices that reduce the likelihood of pest and disease outbreaks.

Working under the umbrella of DAF’s Grow Help Australia diagnostic service, all NIASA accredited businesses from around Australia will receive 10 complimentary diagnostic samples per year (excluding bulk/routine testing, molecular diagnostic testing and nematode extractions). All production nurseries receive discount rates on diagnostic samples.

Other key areas of the project include the development of fact sheets, pest management plans, new and existing contingency plans, and developing emergency permit applications in the event of the detection of critical emergency plant pests (EPP).

The project will run from 2016 to 2020.

Project Code: NY15002

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