Additional on-farm support is now available to production nurseries, greenlife markets and growing media manufacturers, with Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) appointing Tony Filippi to the new role of Biosecurity Certification Officer for the industry.
Mr Filippi starts the role on 20 March 2017, but will also attend the NGIA BioSecure HACCP Forum being held on 16 March at Boomaroo Nursery, south-west of Melbourne.
He brings extensive horticultural experience at a technical level, in overseeing production and compliance management systems, and providing grower extension services.
The role has been created to assist growers with on-farm biosecurity education, training, and system auditing, and to provide industry relevant information to support their biosecurity objectives.
Mr Filippi will be based in Victoria with the aim of working with growers in key areas across southern Australia, especially those involved in the BioSecure HACCP program.
He has specialised in crops such as citrus, pome and stone fruit, wine and table grapes, dried vine fruit and avocadoes, which included working closely with production nurseries supplying these industries.
In the past few years, Mr Filippi has co-authored the Citrus IPM Orchard and Packhouse Registration Export Protocol, which helped in providing market access to Thailand, South Korea and China for Australian citrus.
Mr Filippi comes to NGIA from the Goulburn Valley region where he held the role of Grower Services Representative and Audit Manager for the Quality Management and Export programs servicing pome and stonefruit growers in North Eastern Victoria.
The BioSecure HACCP Forum being held on 16 March is for production nurseries accredited under the Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme, Australia (NIASA). Numbers are limited, so to secure your place, please contact NGIA (email@example.com) for a registration form or download it here.
This Biosecurity Certification Officer is funded under the National Nursery Industry Biosecurity Program (NY15004) by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the research and development nursery levy and funds from the Australian Government.