CitrusWatch planning meeting: Navigating the future

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Representatives from Plant Health Australia (PHA), Citrus Australia, and the NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade came together for a planning meeting in January 2024 to discuss key priorities and support delivery of the CitrusWatch program over the next 12 months and beyond.

The meeting was highly productive with discussions on the challenges facing the Australian citrus industry as well as the learnings and achievements from the previous year as detailed in the 2022-2023 Activity Report.

Activities and initiatives occurring in the next couple of months include:

  • targeted surveillance across the northern and southern Australian regions
  • the Australian Citrus Congress/Biosecurity Symposium in Queensland on 4-7 March 2024
  • a study tour to California from 24-29 March 2024 which includes attendance at the Seventh International Research Conference on Huanglongbing.

CitrusWatch is a collaborative, national program that aims to protect the Australian citrus industry from harmful exotic pests. The program links government agencies, research programs, community groups, and citrus businesses through surveillance, research, training, and education.

The program is funded through Hort Innovation, using the citrus research and development levy with contributions from the Australian Government.