WA apples and pears soon to be free of TPP trade restrictions

Western Australian apple and pear growers caught up in trade restrictions relating to the recent exotic pest Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) outbreak will soon be able to trade interstate again. Apple and pear fruit free of leafy material has been recognised as a non-carrier of the Tomato potato psyllid (TPP). Picture: DAFWA. An [...]

By |May 23rd, 2017|Biosecurity, News|

Activation of the apple and pear industry EPPR levy

APAL is notifying apple and pear levy payers of an activation to the Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) levy as our industry is required to fund contributions of the Varroa jacobsoni and the Torres Strait Fruit Fly response plans. APAL has sought agreement from the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources for the activation of the [...]

By |March 31st, 2017|Biosecurity, News|

Preparing for Varroa destructor

Plant Health Australia outlines how growers can prepare for an incursion of Varroa destructor that would seriously threaten bees and orchard pollination. Currently Australia has a high concentration of feral honey bee colonies (unmanaged hives in the wild) that help to pollinate many crops including apples and pears. But, as overseas experience has [...]

Australia steps up to eradicate bee-destroying mite

With two detections of the bee-destroying Varroa mite found in Queensland, APAL is informing growers that the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) will need to be activated - this means that growers will help to fund the pest’s eradication. To protect Australia's bees and the apple and pear industry that relies on [...]

By |December 5th, 2016|Biosecurity, News|

Contribute to new industry biosecurity plan

Plant Health Australia are in the process of updating the apple and pear industry biosecurity plan and want input from growers. APAL is therefore looking for industry volunteers to participate in the review and its implementation.  Volunteers should have agronomic experience and an understanding of the apple and pear industry.  Some knowledge of biosecurity is also [...]

By |November 8th, 2016|Biosecurity, News|

Bee-destroying mite found in Queensland

Queensland is stepping up their biosecurity measures after a second occurrence of Varroa mites – that can destroy bee colonies – was discovered in Asian honey bees in north Queensland. These detections of Varroa are a major concern, but Biosecurity Queensland has responded promptly, and is working to manage and contain the threat. Several species of Varroa [...]

By |July 22nd, 2016|Biosecurity, News, Queensland|

APAL’s submission: Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis Guidelines

By Annie Farrow The Australian Government  Department of Agriculture and Water Resource has called for input on the draft Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis Guidelines. APAL has responded to the request for feedback on proposed changes to the risk assessment system that is used when overseas countries wish to export their fresh produce to Australia. The proposals contain some good initiatives. [...]

By |December 14th, 2015|Biosecurity, Government submissions|

Levy may rise to address exotic fruit fly

APAL will be seeking the permission of the Minister for Agriculture and growers to agree to increase the Emergency Plant Pest Response levy from zero to positive to eradicate three species of exotic Torres Strait Fruit Fly. In August 2007, Australian apple and pear growers of Australia agreed, at an annual Levy Payers’ Meeting, to [...]

By |December 9th, 2015|Biosecurity, News|

APAL welcomes changes to an emergency incursion

APAL welcomes the Government’s announcement of changes to the process for striking a positive Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) levy. This means a significant reduction in the costs associated with moving the apple and pear emergency response levy from zero to positive in the event that an eradication program is required against an exotic biosecurity [...]

By |October 14th, 2015|Biosecurity, News|

APAL’s submission Biosecurity Regulations, June 2013

By |August 5th, 2013|Biosecurity, Government submissions|