Award winner withstands disease threat to bananas

September 11, 2014

Shannon Paton and Sarah Schultz, who run Paton’s Exotics at Nerada, near lnnisfail in Queensland, are the winners of the 2014 Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award.

Paton’s Exotics grow seven varieties of bananas and send the fruit to five Australian states. More

Biosecurity plan an investment for award finalist

August 25, 2014

According to Lindsay Bourke, finalist in the 2014 Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award, a biosecurity plan is an investment in the future of a business and the community.

The beekeeper manages 3, 600 hives for honey production and the pollination of over 80 crops. More

Biosecurity a habit for banana growing award finalists

August 22, 2014

Michael and Lisa Lankester from Walkamin on the Atherton Tablelands in far north Queensland are finalists in the 2014 Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award.

Lankester Bananas grows 60 hectares of Lady Finger bananas and 5 hectares (3650 trees) of trellised custard apples. More

Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award finalists

August 12, 2014

PHA is pleased to announce the names of the finalists for the 2014 Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award. Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate. The winner will be announced at the Australian Farmer of the Year Awards dinner on 10 September in Melbourne. More

BeeAware how to boost crop yields with honey bee pollination

July 11, 2014

A new website launched this week aims to help farmers boost productivity of crops they grow by optimising honey bee pollination.

BeeAware is the latest honey bee biosecurity initiative developed by Plant Health Australia (PHA), the coordinator of the industry-government plant biosecurity partnership in Australia.  More

National fruit fly strategy reinvigorated

May 7, 2014

Fruit fly management in Australia has been given a considerable boost this week by the announcement that additional funding has been secured for national coordination. Plant Health Australia (PHA), the coordinator of the plant biosecurity partnership in Australia, announced that a National Fruit Fly Strategy (NFFS) Advisory Committee will be established to strengthen national strategic oversight of the National Fruit Fly Strategy (NFFS). More

Cocoa pod borer eradicated from Australia

February 13, 2014

Cocoa pod borer, an exotic pest of cocoa and tropical fruits including rambutan, has been successfully eradicated from Australia following an eradication program run under Australia’s emergency plant pest agreement. Australia is the only country to have eradicated the pest, allowing future production of cocoa and rambutans. More

Industry planning protects potatoes from exotic pests

January 31, 2014

More than 70 exotic pests that pose a threat to the Australian potato industry were identified in a new version of the Industry Biosecurity Plan (IBP) for the Potato Industry, released by Plant Health Australia (PHA), the coordinators of the biosecurity partnership in Australia. More

Finalists of the Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award

August 29, 2012

Producers from Victoria and South Australia have been named as finalists in the plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award. Rodney Pohlner (Glenlee, Victoria), the Schwedes family (also of Glenlee), and Steve Rathjen (Murray Bridge, SA) have been recognised as outstanding entrants in the national award. More