Everyone has a role to play in protecting the state’s premium produce from pests and diseases under the updated State Biosecurity Policy 2017-21 launched today at the Royal Adelaide Show.
The policy provides a consistent and coordinated approach and promotes the importance of individuals, communities, industries and government working together to minimise an ever-present biosecurity threat to the state’s agricultural sector.
Reflecting the latest national biosecurity agreements and programs, the policy also focuses on training and compliance, improving vital market access opportunities and supporting targeted surveillance on priority pests including fruit fly and phylloxera.
Biosecurity SA, a division of Primary Industries and Regions SA is the lead State Government agency for a range of biosecurity prevention, detection and eradication measures aimed at keeping pests and disease out of the state and detailed in the revised State Biosecurity Plan 2017-21.
Services provided by Biosecurity SA include animal health (disease surveillance and control), plant health (keeping fruit fly and other plant pests out of the state), weed and pest animal control (natural resource management biosecurity), aquatic pest management, food safety, rural chemical operations and emergency management.
The policy will underpin the development of a state biosecurity strategy to be released in 2018.
For further details visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurity
Quotes attributable to Will Zacharin, Executive Director, Biosecurity SA, PIRSA
South Australia is the only Australian mainland state that is free of fruit fly, and one of the few places in the world free of the vine-destroying pest, phylloxera. While we’re lucky geographically with natural desert barriers providing a certain degree of protection, there’s no room for complacency. This biosecurity policy helps us to protect our agricultural industries, the environment and better manage the risk of incursions that could prove catastrophic.
From plant pests in your garden to roadside weeds, or a filthy boat hull covered in worms to wild foxes and rabbits decimating farming land—we need the community to be eyes and ears for us. It’s like Neighbourhood Watch for plant and animal pests and diseases.
Quotes attributable to Chair, Horticulture Coalition, Susie Green
Good biosecurity is a central part of primary production and we value our close working relationship with the State Government in ensuring a robust biosecurity system is in place in South Australia, particularly to protect our vitally important status as the only mainland state that is fruit fly free.
It is fitting this policy is being released at the Royal Adelaide Show, an event with a long history of bringing agriculture and the broader community together. A good venue to remind us how good biosecurity in fact protects all South Australians.