Protecting industry growth

NZ Avocado continues to undertake work to secure the future of the New Zealand avocado industry by collaboratively preparing for and effectively responding to pest incursions.

Like all primary production sectors, the New Zealand avocado industry is under the constant threat from exotic plant pests and diseases. Passengers, cargo and even the wind creates opportunities for foreign pest introductions. A continuous effort of looking offshore to understand emerging risks, evaluating risk pathways and evolving the surveillance systems set up to detect new threats, helps protect the industry and its valuable trade agreements. The recent fruit fly response in Auckland has proven the value of an early warning system, a swift response and has highlighted the level of investment that is required to prepare for and sustain an effective biosecurity system.

NZ Avocado continues to engage with researchers, other industry groups, councils and central government to prevent and prepare for new pest incursions. The Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA) is a biosecurity partnership that formalises joint decision-making and cost-sharing. This ensures that industry organisations have a formal role alongside government in managing their biosecurity risks while also creating the platform and relationships needed to engage in the wider biosecurity system.

For established pests, the avocado industry relies on AvoGreen® an industry pest monitoring and management programme. AvoGreen® has evolved beyond a simple IPM programme for responsible spray use to be a pest management system that’s recognised within international trade agreements. The AvoGreen system has dual benefits by also providing an early warning system where trained pest monitors can readily share observations of unusual pests or disease symptoms.

As global trade increases, industries alongside government will need to invest in new ways of detecting and responding to pests. Technology at the border, surveillance systems post border and advances in sustainable control options will need to keep pace with rapidly changing trade dynamics and the global spread of high impact pests and diseases.

For information on the NZ Avocado biosecurity strategies please download the below.

Everyone involved in the avocado industry has a role in protecting New Zealand from biosecurity threats

Members of the industry are best placed to notice unusual insects or disease symptoms and provide early warning. If you do see something suspicious, please take a photo TELL SOMEONE and ensure you GET AN ANSWER of what it might be. This could be as simple as your consultant, packhouse liaison or sharing it with NZ Avocado or through the First Detector Facebook page

The MPI Exotic Pests and Disease Pest Hotline 0800 80 99 66 is also available 24 hours to confidentially report suspected pests.

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