Grain growers warned to bolster biosecurity

The Department of Agriculture and Food says it is concerned Western Australian grain growers are risking outbreaks of pests and diseases because of inadequate biosecurity practices.

The department asked more than 130 growers to undertake a biosecurity self-assessment, which it says shows too many farmers were not properly managing the movement of people on their properties.

The department’s Jeff Russell says growers are more regularly having visitors come to their properties, which can be dangerous if vital biosecurity measures are not taken.

He is urging farmers to be more careful.

“We’re just now asking them to see if they can incorporate some of the more time consuming practices, such as recording who comes onto their farm, so that if it does come to an incident they’ve got some sort of traceback record to know who has come onto their farm,” he said.

“The danger is that they present a risk of bringing pests and diseases onto their farm.

“Mostly locally it would be more like weed issues coming in, weeds that can be transferred on undercarriages of tyres, particularly the prickly sort of weeds, but diseases can also come in through fungal spores on clothing.”


Courtesy: ABC News

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