March 11, 2015
Nursery and Garden Industry Queensland is pleased to be awarded an Australian Biosecurity Award, obtaining national recognition for the industry developed biosecurity program BioSecure HACCP.
On behalf of Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA), Industry Development Manager John McDonald received the award from Agriculture Minister the Hon Barnaby Joyce.
Minister Joyce said BioSecure HACCP demonstrates the industry’s alertness to onshore biosecurity requirements and is working to minimise the impacts when inevitably detections are made in Australia.
NGIA CEO, Robert Prince, said that receiving the award is significant recognition for a world leading initiative that has been under development for close to 10 years.
“The program was developed with funding provided through the industry R&D levy and matched commonwealth funds,” commented Mr Prince.
BioSecure HACCP is a unique holistic approach to pest management incorporating the ‘businesses as usual’ activities associated with endemic pest management while maintaining a pre-emptive posture to reduce the risk of introduction and/or distribution of exotic or quarantine plant pests.
John McDonald said that the Australian Biosecurity Award compliments the recent recognition BioSecure HACCP has received as a national interstate market access system. This recognition was received from the Sub-committee on Domestic Quarantine and Market Access, and allows growers to self-certify for interstate certificates of assurance.