UPDATE: Biosecurity Incursions Report now available

Tuesday, 15 February 2022

The levy-funded project ‘Ensuring business continuity during biosecurity incursions – social and economic research learnings for the production nursery industry’ (NY18010) has concluded and the final report is now available by Hort Innovation.

The report provides a framework for the nursery industry with recommended actions to prepare for continuity of operations during a biosecurity incursion, with the aim of minimising social and economic impacts.

So how can you ensure your business is best placed to bounce back from a biosecurity incursion? Here are some recommendations from Nursery and Garden Industry Queensland (NGIQ):

Preparedness

  • Growers are encouraged to adopt the practices of BioSecure HACCP as their primary means for preparing for and managing a biosecurity incursion. Nurseries that follow the guidelines can meet broader biosecurity obligations and improve overall pest, disease and weed management systems.
  • Growers are able to utilise the resource, Production Nursery Business Continuity and Preparation Decision Guide and practise scenario exercises to ensure possible threats and solutions are thought through.
  • Further investigation on the supply chain is required to improve awareness of biosecurity threats and incursion protocol. For example, the impact of compromised or infected plant source materials and the availability through alternate suppliers.

Communication

  • There is scope for government agencies to improve communications with industry and growers and provide useful and clear information specifically relevant to incursions.
  • Nursery operators must ensure business records and stock traceability data is readily accessible and available to inspectors in the event of an incursion.

Capacity to pivot

  • Adaptation to alternate markets or crop is not an activity that can be readily or easily undertaken, especially during a biosecurity incursion or indeed, immediately following impact. Any consideration by nursery operators to move to new markets or supply chains is considered within a wholistic business continuity management strategy.

For more information on the report visit here.

The ‘Ensuring business continuity during biosecurity incursions – social and economic research learnings for the production nursery industry’ (NY18010) project is funded by Hort Innovation using the nursery industry levy and funds from the Australian Government.