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Industry Updates

A new model called the Risk Based Regulatory Reform Model (RBRRM) for managing PCN was introduced on 1 November 2013.

The model focusses regulation on pathways identified as ‘high risk’ for the spread and establishment of PCN.¬† All state and territory quarantine agencies (except Western Australia) are enacting uniform legislation that requires:

  • regulation of the movement of PCN host produce from land known to be infested with PCN and land known to be linked to a PCN infestation
  • all interstate potatoes marketed as ‘seed’ and potatoes sold for planting to be tested for PCN prior to entry.

Previous controls prohibiting the movement of all host produce sourced from within 20 km of a known PCN detection will be removed. This means previous Control Areas (Boneo, Wandin/Silvan, Emerald, Keysborough, Kooweerup and Thorpdale) will no longer have roadside signs. Gembrook is the only exception but is likely to follow suit in the future.

Under the new management regime, ‘linked’ growers will be able to continue marketing their crops to most markets under pre-existing accreditation arrangements.

Occupiers of land known to be infested or linked to a PCN infestation have been contacted by DEPI regarding controls regulating the movement of PCN host produce from their properties.

The changes aim to ease trade restrictions, whilst creating a national standard for the distribution of PCN host material and managing the biosecurity risks associated with spreading PCN.

The requirements associated with sending PCN host material to Western Australia will remain unchanged.

For information about the conditions of movement of plant materials, soil, machinery and other equipment into or out of PCN management zones, please contact DEPI by phone (03) 8371 3500, fax (03) 9687 6746, or email potatocyst.nematode@depi.vic.gov.au

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Click here to download the Notice to producers, processors and packers
of the Potato Cyst Nematode host produce reform