Ginger

GingerThe Australian Ginger Industry Association represents the biosecurity interests of ginger producers and the industry. They are members of Plant Health Australia and signatories to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed. Their responsibilities include:

  • biosecurity planning and implementation at the national and farm levels
  • liaising with federal and state governments on trade issues
  • funding and supporting biosecurity initiatives
  • participating in national committees and response efforts in an emergency.

Industry overview

In 2016–17, ginger production was valued at $24.8 million (LVP), with exports valued at $0.4 million. Land under cultivation was about 270 hectares and the most popular ginger varieties grown are Jumbo (also known as Canton) and Queensland.

Ginger production takes place in Australia’s subtropical and tropical regions. The main concentration of growers is located within south-east Queensland, including the Wide Bay region. Other small areas of ginger are grown in far north Queensland and northern NSW.

The Australian ginger industry is regionally significant, employs both local people and backpackers, with 30 per cent sold to the processing sector and 70 per cent sold to the fresh market.

Biosecurity is included in the AgriFutures Australia’s Ginger Program RD&E Plan 2017–22 and is an integral part of Australian Ginger Industry Associations’ activities. The association represents the biosecurity interests of ginger producers and industry by funding and supporting biosecurity initiatives, and information from PHA is shared regularly with members via meetings, newsletters and email up-dates.

The ginger industry is covered by version 1.0 of the biosecurity plan for the ginger industry.

Annual value of ginger production, 2010–17

Distribution of ginger production by state and territory, 2016–17 (based on LVP)

Ginger-IBPIndustry Biosecurity Plan for the Ginger Industry

Biosecurity planning provides a mechanism for the ginger industry, government and other relevant stakeholders to assess current biosecurity practices and future biosecurity needs. Planning identifies procedures that can be put in place to reduce the chance of pests reaching our borders or minimise the impact if a pest incursion occurs.

The Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Ginger Industry outlines key threats to the industry, risk mitigation plans, identification and categorisation of exotic pests and contingency plans. For a copy, please contact PHA on 02 6215 7700 or email [email protected].

Exotic pests (not in Australia)

The following is a list of high priority exotic pests of the ginger industry. These pests were identified during the development of the Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Ginger Industry in consultation with industry, government and scientists. They have been assessed as high priority pests based on their potential to enter, establish, and spread in Australia (eg environmental factors, host range, vectors) and the cost to industry of control measures.

Pest risk review documents are also available for some pests. Please contact PHA on 02 6215 7700 or email [email protected] for more information.

Endorsed National Diagnostic Protocols are available from the National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network webpage.

Common name Scientific name EPPRD Category Fact sheet Contingency plan Diagnostic protocol
Bacterial wilt Ralstonia solanacearum, race 4 (exotic strains)
Burrowing nematode Radopholus similis (exotic strains)
Fijian ginger weevil Elytroteinus subtruncatus
Yam scale Aspidiella hartii

Other pests

The following is a list of documents (fact sheets, contingency plans and diagnostic protocols) for other exotic pests of the ginger industry. Please note that this is not a complete list of ginger pests: rather it includes pests for which documents exist in the Pest Information Document Database.

Some of the documents presented here are not  tailored to the ginger industry and are included for information only.

Common name Scientific name EPPRD Category Fact sheet Contingency plan Diagnostic protocol
Citrus blackfly Aleurocanthus woglumi FS
Khapra beetle Trogoderma granarium 2 FS CP
May beetle Phyllophaga spp. CP