Workshops bolster biosecurity capacity

A series of biosecurity workshops has kicked off, aimed at enhancing biosecurity preparedness in Australian production nurseries.

160712 IMG_4751Entomologists and plant pathologists who specialise in production nursery biosecurity from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) are running the workshops, as part of the nursery levy funded project “Building the resilience and on-farm biosecurity capacity of the Australian production nursery industry”.

Participants are being given practical tips for monitoring pests and diseases in their nurseries, assistance on how to develop a pest management plan, and advice on appropriate courses of action to take after detecting a pest or disease.

The project is co-funded by the Australian nursery industry, DAF and Horticulture Innovation Australia. It will also include simulation exercises on the incursion of two major exotic pests, see the development of new contingency plans for pest and disease outbreaks, and the production of various factsheets. Discounted diagnostics for pests and diseases is also available to nursery producers through the project.

As well as the workshops in regions with concentrated numbers of production nurseries, training will be available through webinars in order to assist remote businesses in strengthening biosecurity capacity.

Through attendance of these sessions, participants will be able to better identify production problems by making diagnostic identifications more financially viable.160712 IMG_4754

As a result, potential domestic or exotic pest infestations are more likely to be identified at a much earlier stage, making it easier to manage and eradicate them from the nursery.

The knowledge and skills gained from these sessions will help to greatly reduce the likelihood of pest and disease outbreaks enabling greater efficiency in production of plants free of diseases and pests.

Project Code: NY15002

More information:
Plant health, pests and diseases page of the DAF website
Biosecurity links on NGIA’s website