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APAL calls for consistency when it comes to biosecurity

Biosecurity

APAL has made a submission to the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment on the Pest Risk Analysis for Cut Flower and Foliage Imports.

An import permit system was introduced late last year for shipments of cut flowers and foliage to Australia after biosecurity concerns were raised. Cross-pollination is a very real possibility for pests and diseases from imports such as cut flowers and foliage.

It is important to note APAL were asked for comment by the Department. As with other industry bodies, there was concern over the high levels of non-compliance on the part of some countries when it came to the imports of cut flowers and foliage.

“One of our core roles is to manage the biosecurity interests on behalf of the apple and pear industry,” said APAL Technical Manager Rose Daniel.

“It seems as if the import permits introduced in 2019 haven’t provided the degree of assurance we’d hoped.

“It is in the interests of our growers that biosecurity measures we are consistent are consistent across the board”.

The level of non-compliance for some countries detailed in the analysis was over 50%.

National Farmers Federation (NFF) President Tony Mahar called for the same strong response the Government has shown other recent threats, like African swine fever, and said Australia “could not afford to be complacent” when it came to the issue of biosecurity.

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