The Department of Agriculture and Food has reminded Perth travellers to not pack home grown fruit and vegetables for their Easter holidays and help stop the spread of tomato potato psyllid in Western Australia.
A quarantine notice is in place for the Perth metropolitan area and some regional shires to stop the movement of produce including potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chilli, tamarillo and sweet potato.
Tomato potato psyllid is a destructive insect pest, discovered in Australia for the first time in Perth in February.
Department incident controller Greg Pickles said the psyllid had since been found on 71 commercial properties and home gardens in the Perth metropolitan area and surrounds and in parts of the South West.
Mr Pickles said community support was needed to keep the psyllid out of regional areas and help protect the State’s valuable horticulture industries.
“Residents in the metropolitan area, Mandurah and the shires of Murray, Chittering and Gingin must not take these home-grown vegetables outside of the quarantine area,” he said.
“We are working to prevent the psyllid from spreading and urging everyone to do the right thing and reduce the impacts on both home and commercial growers.
“Complying with these movement restrictions is one way the community can help limit the spread of the pest into regional areas.”
Regional residents who suspect they may have tomato potato psyllid should send a photo to DAFWA via the MyPestGuide Reporter app available from Google Play or the App Store, or email photos with your name, address and mobile number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, call the Pest and Disease Information Service on 1800 084 881.
To find out more about tomato potato psyllid, including the list of approved control options and a map of the Quarantine Area, go to the department’s webpage agric.wa.gov.au/tpp
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