New biosecurity hub for grains industry

New biosecurity hub for grains industry

Plant Health Australia (PHA) in partnership with Grain Producers Australia (GPA) have launched an online hub of industry-specific biosecurity resources and tools.

Designed with grain growers in mind, the easy to use Grains Farm Biosecurity website provides fact sheets, videos, how-to guides, online training and strategies to prepare producers to manage on farm biosecurity risks.

Australia’s $18 billion grains industry generates more than 170,000 jobs and export grains to the value of $13.9 billion. With a high reliance on exports, maintaining market access through the implementation of good biosecurity practices is critically important to the grains industry.

“With zero market tolerance for live pests in grain, farm biosecurity should be top of mind. The new website offers a suite of practical biosecurity management tools that make a big difference,” says Stuart Kearns, PHA’s National Manager, Preparedness and RD&E.

The industry-specific website provides:

  • biosecurity best practices
  • information about grain crops grown in Australia
  • pest reporting guidance
  • a pest and disease database
  • industry news
  • a list of field days and other industry events.

GPA Chair and Western Australian grain producer, Barry Large, said the new website would be a valuable tool for growers and is being delivered as part of the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program. He said the Program was established in 2007 and is managed by PHA, with funding provided by growers through GPA, together with the New South Wales, Queensland, South Australian, Victorian and Western Australian governments.

“This new website aims to improve the management and preparedness for biosecurity risks in the grains industry at farm and industry levels,” Mr Large said.

“Establishing good biosecurity practices on farm is not only good for individual businesses but it also adds another layer of protection to Australia’s world-class biosecurity system.

“Everyone has a role to play in protecting Australia against harmful pests and diseases, so if you spot anything unusual or find something you are unsure about, call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.”

Visit the Grains Farm Biosecurity website for the latest grains biosecurity news and information.

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