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NEW UPDATE 28/04/17 Current OUTBREAK ...Biosecurity alert: Tomato potato psyllid

The Department of Agriculture WA says the exotic pest, Tomato Potato Pysllid can't be eradicated and will now be managed through a 12 month national plan that will see market restrictions of WA produce remain in place for the time being.

Agriculture consultant, Peter Keating says growers will be heavily affected by this latest Tomato Potato Psyllid development, particularly strawberry producers who could lose millions of dollars.

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The Department of Agriculture in WA is also advising grain growers to plan their cropping programs carefully this year after their seasonal outlook for April to June predicts lower than usual rainfall. According to Dr David Ferris from DAFWA farmers will need to consider the timing of seeding, the best crops to grow and the right nutrient applications to ensure success this year.

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(From March) Biosecurity alert: Tomato potato psyllid

The Department of Agriculture and Food, WA (DAFWA) is working with the WA horticulture industry to respond to the detection of tomato potato psyllid, an exotic plant pest.

Tomato potato psyllid attacks a range of plants including potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chilli, and tamarillo, along with sweet potato. 

The psyllid has been confirmed in the Perth metropolitan area in commercial and residential properties, and retail outlets. A small number of detections have been made outside of the metropolitan area including Gingin, Yarloop and Busselton.

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