Source: AUSVEG, 21 Nov 2008
AUSVEG, the national peak industry body representing the interests of Australian vegetable and potato growers, has joined 26 other plant industries and State Governments in signing the National Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed.
"It is essential that we develop measures that will minimise risks to our $2.5 billion industry" said AUSVEG chairman, David Anderson
The Deed provides agreed funding and cost-sharing arrangements between government and industry in response to emergency plant pest pests and diseases.
Emergency Plant Pests include new or a existing plant pests or diseases that require a significant response to ensure there is not a large scale epidemic which could adversely affect regional or national food production.
The Deed should also eliminate growers fears about being disadvantaged and give them the confidence to report suspicious pests and diseases.
National Vegetable Industry Biosecurity Plan, May 2007
Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed -
Our national coordinating body for Plant Health in Australia.