As premium fruit growers, biosecurity is paramount for the protection of your cherry orchard and crop.
Biosecurity is the protection of your property, and the entire industry, from the entry, establishment and impact of exotic pests.
The Australian cherry industry has an enviable and stringent reputation for the prevention, management and eradication of devastating pests and diseases.
A collective national approach applying biosecurity best practice through to regional and local areas is integral to continued quality preservation and management of Australian Cherry crops.
Cherry Growers Australia has developed a national Biosecurity Management Programme to ensure Australian cherries are free from pests and diseases of quarantine concern. This coupled with a Government approved export Crop Monitoring program and Integrated Pest and Disease Management allows growers to achieve export ready biosecurity standards.
In partnership with Plant Health Australia, the Australian Cherry Industry has also developed the Orchard Biosecurity Manual which outlines the appropriate measures and guidelines that can be implemented within cherry growing businesses to minimise risk of exotic and endemic pests. The quality assurance and sanctity of Australian Cherry produce is pivotal to ongoing exporting trade profitability.
The Australian Cherry industry encourages all orchardists to become familiar with areas of impact from hive management, planting and propagating through to biosecurity checklists and preventative measures.
It is your responsibility to implement recommended biosecurity measures to help protect your crop, property and the broader Australian Cherry industry.
The Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) covers the management and funding of responses to emergency plant pest (EPP) incidents, including the potential for owner reimbursement costs for growers. That is, if a direct crop or direct property is damaged or destroyed as a result of implementing an approved Response Plan, the affected grower(s) may be eligible for reimbursement payments. The EPPRD also formalises the role of plant industries’ participation in decision making, as well as their contribution towards the costs related to approved responses.