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Review of the national biosecurity plan for the onion industry and development of a biosecurity manual for onion producers (VN15001)

Key research provider: Plant Health Australia

What’s it all about?

This investment is responsible for reviewing and updating the onion industry’s biosecurity plan. In identifying, prioritising and looking at the management and surveillance of key biosecurity risks, the biosecurity plan provides a framework for risk mitigation, and for managing the impact of potential pest and disease incursions.

While the plan itself is a high-level decision-making document, for growers the project will also produce a biosecurity manual detailing key exotic and endemic pests, weeds and diseases, and how to minimise the risk of them.

In late April, the project-produced Onion Growers’ Biosecurity Manual was released – click here to download now. A hard copy was also circulated to growers in the levy-funded Layers magazine.

The comprehensive document serves a guide to on-farm biosecurity measures that can reduce the risks of pests, diseases, feral animals and weeds. It also includes information on biosecurity laws, key facts on pest and disease threats, and an easy-to-use biosecurity checklist.

For more information on how to use the guide, find a video here produced by the levy-funded communications project.

At the time of writing, the revised Biosecurity Plan for the Onion Industry was also due for release to industry. The project completed its review of the plan in December 2017, with the plan subsequently endorsed by industry through Onions Australia and provided to the Plant Health Committee for government endorsement.

The industry’s revised biosecurity plan was completed in December 2017, has been endorsed by industry through Onions Australia, and at the time of writing was with the Plant Health Committee for government endorsement – at which point the plan will be officially launched.

Likewise, the biosecurity manual for growers is being finalised. It outlines simple procedures that can be used to minimise the risk of introducing and spreading pests, diseases and weeds on-farm, with hard copies set to be distributed with an upcoming edition of Layers, and through future field days.

Related levy funds
Details

This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Onion Fund