Increasingly, Plant Health Australia is being recognised for its ability to bring stakeholders together and achieve critically important outcomes for plant health in the national interest. PHA is currently involved in the following national programs.
The Farm Biosecurity program provides information on practical, cost-effective measures that producers can implement on farm to reduce the risk of pests and disease.
Fruit flies are a large and important group of insect pests that attack a wide range of fruit and vegetables globally. In Australia, the presence of some species of exotic fruit fly could reduce the capacity to trade in domestic and international horticultural markets with an average annual value of $4.8 billion.
Citrus Biosecurity Program
The Citrus Biosecurity Program is an initiative to improve the management of, and preparedness for, biosecurity risks that threaten the citrus industry.
Vegetable and Potato Biosecurity Program
Plant Health Australia has joined with industry member AUSVEG to run the Vegetable and Potato Biosecurity Program. The program, which is funded by grower levies, aims to increase the awareness of growers about the importance of using on-farm biosecurity measures to protect their crops from pests and diseases.
Grains Farm Biosecurity Program
Grains Biosecurity Officers are located in most states through the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program, which is delivered by Plant Health Australia and funded by growers through the Grain Producers Australia together with the Western Australian, Queensland, Victorian, South Australian and New South Wales state governments.
Russian Wheat Aphid Technical Management Group
The National Management Group agreed to the formation of a Russian Wheat Aphid National Technical Group by Plant Health Australia to help manage the pest.
National Bee Pest Surveillance Program
The National Bee Pest Surveillance Program is an early warning system to detect new incursions of exotic bee pests and pest bees. The program involves a range of surveillance methods conducted at locations considered to be of most likely entry of bee pests and pest bees throughout Australia.
Weeds are a significant biosecurity issue that affect all Members of PHA, reducing yields and costing Australian producers a vast amount of time and money. Substantial resources are invested by a diversity of organisations to manage weeds on a local, regional and national level. Conservatively, it has been estimated that the total annual economic cost of weeds to Australia is over $4 billion.
Transition to management programs
Arrangements under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed apply to Emergency Plant Pest incursions up to an eradication response, However, not all EPP incursions prove to be eradicable. The National Biosecurity Committee, recognising the need for nationally agreed and consistent arrangements beyond the Deed, has developed Transition to Management Guidelines to extend the partnership approach. PHA has been involved in the transition programs for Myrtle rust, Asian honey bees and Branched broomrape.