Ground Cover Supplement : GC Supplement - Biosecurity
BIOSECURITY GROUND COVER THREATS & BEST BETS 3 IT IS EASY to consider biosecurity as someone else's responsibility, but biosecurity relates to what happens on-farm just as much as it does at the Australian or state borders. Biosecurity is more than the prevention of incursions of exotic pests and diseases; it is about maintaining market access, protecting the natural environment and securing the future of our rural industries. This makes biosecurity an essential part of every farm business. Six routine practices that can help reduce the threat of new pests entering and establishing on your property are outlined below. 1Be aware of biosecurity threats Make sure you, your workers and contractors are familiar with the most important grain pest threats. Conduct a biosecurity induction session on your farm to explain hygiene practices for people, equipment and vehicles. 3Keep it clean Practising good sanitation and hygiene will help prevent the entry and movement of pests onto your property. Workers, visitors, vehicles and equipment can spread pests, so make sure they are decontaminated before they enter and leave your farm. Have a designated visitor area and provide vehicle and personnel disinfecting facilities. 4Check your crop Monitor your crop frequently. Knowing the usual appearance of your crop will help you recognise anything new or unusual. Keep written and photographic records of all unusual observations. Constant vigilance is vital for early detection of any exotic plant pest threat. SIX PRACTICES FOR ON-FARM BIOSECURITY Preventing the arrival and establishment of new pests and weeds is just as important as controlling those already present on a property. 6Report anything unusual If you suspect a new pest or see anything unusual, report it immediately to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline,1800 084 881. □ 5Abide by the law Support and be aware of laws and regulations established to protect the grains industry, Australian agriculture and your region. 2Ensure seed is pest-free and preferably certified Ensure all seed and other farm inputs are fully tested, pest-free and preferably certified. Keep records of your farm inputs.
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