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 2017–18, ginger production was valued approximately $55 million. Land under cultivation was about 270 hectares, producing around 9,850 tonnes of ginger.

Production takes place in Australia’s subtropical and tropical regions and there are approximately 50 commercial ginger growers, most of them based in Queensland.

Key Queensland growing districts are Gatton, Glasshouse Mountains, Beerwah, Yandina, Mary Valley, Maryborough and Bundaberg. Growers can also be found in northern NSW and far north Queensland.

There are two varieties grown commercially: Jumbo (also known as Canton) and Queensland, with 25 per cent sold to the processing sector and 75 per cent sold to the fresh market. Currently no ginger is exported.

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

Annual value of ginger production, 2010–18

Distribution of ginger production by state and territory, 2017–18 (based on LVP)

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 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
Burrowing nematode Radopholus similis (exotic strains)
Root knot nematode Meloidogyne enterolobii syn. Meloidogyne mayaguensis FS
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
Fijian ginger weevil Elytroteinus subtruncatus
Khapra beetle Trogoderma granarium 2 FS FS CP
May beetle Phyllophaga spp. CP
Bacterial wilt Ralstonia solanacearum, race 4 (exotic strains)