Farmers are at the frontline
Farmers and landholders are at the frontline of protecting our plants through managing pests and diseases and biosecurity practices.
This is vital for maintaining Australian agriculture’s clean and green reputation, open trade, high crop prices, higher yields and cost savings.
Growers play an important role in:
- protecting plants from pests and diseases
- surveillance for pests and diseases and reporting by growers is also crucial to the industry.
- funding research on plant biosecurity.
Being proactive about plant pests and diseases is good business: the risks shouldn’t be ignored.
One grower’s comments on pest and disease surveillance
South Australian grower Ryan Arnold recently took part in a citrus pest surveillance workshop in Mildura. He said improving pest and disease detection is a priority for his business and the citrus industry as a whole.
Did you know?
Australian crop production
Australian plant industries generate around $40 billion worth of produce each year and earn more than $30 billion in export income annually.
Response to plant pests
Australia has an agreement signed by industry and governments to manage incursions of plant pests