EPPR levy

Emergency Plant Pest Response levy update

The Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) levy is in place to enable the funding of the apple and pear industry’s contribution to the cost of eradicating pests and diseases under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD).  This article aims to provide an update and overview of what specifically the EPPR levy now funds. The [...]

By |June 13th, 2018|Biosecurity, EPPR levy, News|

Varroa mite response progresses

The management response plan following the detection of varroa mites (Varroa jacobsoni) in feral Asian honey bee nests in Townsville in mid-2016 has progressed with no further detections occurring since November 2016.   Bees are important pollinators in the apple and pear industry and need protection from biosecurity threats. "Biosecurity Queensland has effectively reported [...]

By |July 5th, 2017|Biosecurity, EPPR levy, 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, EPPR levy, News|

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, EPPR levy, News|

Levies refresher

Sold this season’s fruit and feel it must be about time you paid your apple and pear levy, but can’t quite recall how or when you paid it last year or to whom? We’ve put together a short refresher in response to some recent queries. Apple and pear levies are an important source of industry [...]

By |November 16th, 2016|APAL, EPPR levy, Levies, News|

Levies: where your money goes

Author: Annie Farrow Industry Services Manager, APAL 03 9329 3511 afarrow@apal.org.au By Annie Farrow All commercial apple and pear growers pay levies to support industry research and development, marketing, residue testing and biosecurity – but who gets what and how is it really spent? APAL recently posted an article about the likelihood of [...]

By |February 4th, 2016|EPPR levy, Industry Issues, News|

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, EPPR levy, 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, EPPR levy, News|