Horticultural pests, Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) and European rabbits are the focus of community control efforts in Carnarvon.
The Carnarvon Growers Association Recognised Biosecurity Group has delivered a Medfly baiting program across horticultural production areas since 2016 and, as a result of grower feedback, is now expanding its focus to include rabbits.
Consultation is now underway on a Declared Pest Rate (DPR) to support priority biosecurity activities for the area in 2019-20.
Key activities include a bait and kill program for Medfly, providing feedback and advice to growers on Medfly numbers and control options, along with provision of baits and traps where required.
The group will target rabbits for the first time, through the release of RHDV1 K5, a biological control agent for the control of wild rabbits.
The Group is one of 14 Recognised Biosecurity Groups operating across Western Australia to coordinate local control and funding efforts against priority declared pests, supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
Department Biosecurity Executive Director Katherine Clift said established and widespread pests that cross tenure required a coordinated approach for effective management.
“RBGs can take the lead in facilitating strategic local control activities and add value to existing landholder management of declared pests on their properties,” Dr Clift said.
“These groups are recognised under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act (2007).
“Funds for control of declared pests through a Declared Pest Rate are matched by the State Government, doubling the amount available for local biosecurity activities.”
Carnarvon Grower Association Recognised Biosecurity Group executive officer Ian Foxley said the group delivered a range of benefits to growers, including control advice and providing pest monitoring results when needed.
“We facilitate improved on farm hygiene and best practice, with a key focus on the fruit fly baiting scheme which targets host crops in the Carnarvon plantation area,” Mr Foxley said.
“The Group will also consider control options for other priority declared pests of key concern to local growers in future operational plans.”
The consultation period closes at 4pm on Friday, 1 November 2019.
More information about Recognised Biosecurity Groups and Declared Pest Rates is available here.
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