Transition to Management Plan for Tomato Potato Psyllid Complex in WA

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released the following communique on the tranistion to management of Tomato Potato Psyllid in Western Australia. The orignial communique can be found here on the Departments website.

The National Management Group (NMG) for Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) —comprising all Australian governments, Plant Health Australia and affected industries including the nursery industry—has agreed to a transition to management phase to manage the ongoing risks and impacts of TPP and Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso) in Australia.

This follows an earlier decision by the NMG that it is no longer technically feasible to eradicate TPP in Western Australia. The transition to management phase of the response plan, which will conclude on 11 May 2018, will improve the capacity of the horticulture sector to manage TPP and build confidence around the status of CLso in Australia. Activities will include supporting surveillance, market access activities, research and enterprise management planning.

To date, the CLso associated with TPP has not been detected in Australia. This exotic pathogen causes the serious exotic disease ‘zebra chip’ in potato and poses a threat to important horticultural crops such as potatoes, capsicum, chilli, tomatoes, eggplant and tamarillo.

Western Australia will continue to work with affected farmers to determine eligibility for owner reimbursement costs.

It is also continuing to work with state and territory governments to further develop protocols to support future interstate movement of potential carriers of TPP/CLso. There are no international trade restrictions or changes to import conditions at this point in time.

The Australian Government, state and territory governments and affected industries are contributing to the cost of implementing the Response Plan under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed.

For further information please contact the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia’s Pest and Disease Information Service on 1800 084 881.