AUSTRALIA: The Australian Biosecurity Plant Division has published a draft review of import conditions for cucurbitaceous crop seeds, and is seeking feedback from stakeholders until February 19, 2018.
The draft was initiated in response to growing concerns over biosecurity incursions suspected to be linked to the import of various types of cucurbit crops, including cucumber, melon, pumpkin and zucchini.
In a recent story, “Phytosanitary Priorities”, published in Asian Seed Volume 23, Issue 3, we outlined some of these threats in the lead up to the APSA Expert Consultation on Phytosanitary Collaboration in the Asia Pacific Region (click here for info and photos).
Australia’s NPPO is examining the degree to which such incursions are linked to seed-borne pathogens, and in reviewing existing phytosanitary measures and testing standards, requires technical input from concerned stakeholders before finalizing the review in the first part of next year.
The document (download here) is the first of several PRAs lined up for review in the coming year.
For more developments in the seed sector of Australia and several other key APSA countries, look out for an NSA update in Asian Seed, Volume 23 Issue 6, which is currently on the press.