for the Tree Nut Industry
Version 3.0 January 2016
This manual is designed to assist you in protecting your almond orchard and the almond industry from new and invasive pests. By implementing the recommended measures in your day to day operations, you will enhance your biosecurity and that of your region, while minimising productivity losses and unnecessary costs.
What is biosecurity?
Biosecurity is about the protection of livelihoods, lifestyles and the natural environment, which could be harmed by new pest incursions. Biosecurity is a national priority, implemented at pre-border, border and post-border locations. It is essential for your business.
Australia’s geographic isolation has meant that we have few of the pests that affect plant industries overseas.
Freedom from these exotic pests is a vital part of the future profitability and sustainability of Australia’s plant industries. Biosecurity ensures that our plant health status is maintained. This allows us to preserve existing trade opportunities, and provide evidence to support new market negotiations. In addition, ‘area freedom’ from a number of endemic pests, is vital to the prosperity of the almond industry.
What is orchard biosecurity?
Orchard biosecurity is a set of measures designed to protect a property from the entry and spread of pests. Orchard biosecurity is your responsibility, and that of every person visiting or working on your property.
Through the implementation of orchard biosecurity measures, producers play a key role in protecting the Australian almond industry from exotic pests. If a new pest becomes established in your orchard, it will affect your business through increased orchard costs (for monitoring, cultural practices, additional chemical use and labour to apply them), reduced productivity (yield and/or quality reductions) or loss of markets.
Early detection and immediate reporting increase the chance of effective and efficient eradication.
More information on how to secure your orchard and secure your future can be found online at www.farmbiosecurity.com.au a joint initiative of Plant Health Australia and Animal Health Australia.
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