National Management Group agrees that Tomato Potato Psyllid (Bacteria cockerelli) cannot be eradicated – 20 April 2017

The National Management Group (NMG) for Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) —comprising all Australian governments, affected industries and Plant Health Australia—has agreed that TPP is no longer technically feasible to eradicate.

Surveillance has not shown any evidence of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso), which causes the serious exotic disease ‘zebra chip’ in potatoes.

NMG has agreed to continue with the current TPP response plan for two weeks, while a transition to management plan is prepared. During this period, surveillance to confirm the absence of CLso will also continue.

The NMG advises industry and the community to remain on alert and report any suspected detections of TPP in WA to the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) or in other jurisdictions to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

DAFWA has implemented restrictions on the movement of specified vegetables and nursery stock produced in the Perth area. A Quarantine Area Notice is in place for the Perth metropolitan area and other local government districts. Further information on the Quarantine Area Notice can be found on the DAFWA webpage.

Since the detection of TPP, interstate movement controls for risk material have been in place and continue to apply. Western Australia is working with other state and territory governments to develop protocols to support future interstate movements of risk material. There are no international trade restrictions or changes to import conditions at this point in time.

The Australian Government, all state and territory governments, and the initially affected industries are contributing to the cost of the response under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed.

For further information please contact the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia’s Pest and Disease Information Service on 1800 084 881.