November 16, 2016
A special meeting of the Subcommittee on Domestic Quarantine and Market Access (SDQMA) was held to consider the risk vectors for the spread of Karnal bunt – such as grain, harvesting equipment and animals that feed on infected grain – in the event of an incursion.
This was the final activity of Exercise Haryana, a series of simulation exercises funded by the grains industry held to improve our ability to respond to an incursion of Karnal bunt.
The Subcommittee were confident that the spread of the fungus could be limited by implementing movement conditions and treatments, although they noted the difficulties of decontaminating harvesting equipment, regulating animal movements in a plant pest response, and determining that an area is free from Karnal bunt.
The outcomes of this activity will be included in the Exercise Haryana Final Report, which will be released by the end of the year.