Tomato potato psyllid (TPP) is emerging as a hurdle to the success of Western Australian horticultural market this season due to eastern states increasing import restrictions on a broad range of produce. Western Australian produce will now be required to undergo substantial fumigation prior to sale, impacting the quality of the product and the cost of production. The overall effect on the Western Australian horticultural market due to increased biosecurity is expected to substantially impact profitability.
A national management working group has determined that eradication of TPP is not likely due to the rapid spread of the pest. The Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) is now developing an adaption plan to assist farmers in transporting affected products to domestic import markets. DAFWA’s 12 month plan is expected on 1 June 2017 despite WA farmers already experiencing issues associated with the biosecurity restrictions. DAFWA has also suggested that state-based biosecurity management is no longer an adequate method of ensuring efficient markets, suggesting a national framework regarding import protocols should be introduced.
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