Ground Cover Supplement : GC Supplement - Biosecurity
GROUND COVER BIOSECURITY 8 ON-FARM BIOSECURITY Another simple way you can secure your farm is to ensure that boots and clothes are cleaned before being worn, especially after attending field days, crop walks off-farm and visiting properties and research stations overseas. GBOs play a role in raising the awareness of high- priority pests by providing training sessions and packages to growers, researchers and consultants. In addition, the National Variety Trial program (NVT) is an effective mechanism for the collection and capture of surveillance data of high-priority exotic pests. Collection of such data THE IMPORTANCE OF REPORTING Being in paddocks all the time, growers and consultants are on the front line in noticing suspicious signs and symptoms of exotic pests and diseases in crops. Anything unusual should be reported immediately to the relevant state/territory agriculture agency through the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline (1800 084 881). Early reporting increases the chance of effective control and eradication. Too often with serious incursions, it is found later that warning signs were ignored, allowing pests to establish and spread to the point where eradication was made difficult or impossible. We do not want that to happen in the Australian grains industry. Calls to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline will be forwarded to an experienced person in the department of agriculture in your state or territory, who will ask questions about what you have seen and may arrange to collect a sample. The Exotic Plant Pest Growers and consultants are at the front line for observing suspicious symptoms but it is important that they know what is unusual. Dr Hugh Wallwork helps growers recognise the symptoms of disease on barley. is vital to maintaining the security of the grains industry. By raising awareness surrounding the importance of biosecurity and how on-farm management can make a difference, the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program arms Australian grain growers with the knowledge and tools necessary to minimise risks and combat biosecurity threats. □ GRDC Research Code NPB00006 More information: Jo Slattery, national biosecurity extension coordinator, PHA, 02 6215 7700, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.farmbiosecurity.com.au; www.grdc.com.au/NPB00006 Hotline is a free service and every report will be taken seriously, investigated and treated confidentially. Careless distribution of information, particularly if a pest has not been confirmed, can cause unintended harm for individuals and communities and possibly result in damaging and unwarranted trade restrictions. Suspect material should not generally be moved or collected without seeking advice through the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline and/or the relevant state/territory department, as incorrect handling of samples could spread the pest or render the samples unsuitable for diagnoses. However, the location the sample was taken from should be accurately marked to enable easy recognition. Officers from the agricultural department in your state or territory will usually be responsible for sampling and identifying of pests.
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