Inspectors keep pest risks out of WA

28 Aug, 2015 02:00 AM
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WA quarantine inspectors seized more than 43,000 kilograms of risky material from airport and road checkpoints in the past financial year, as part of efforts to safeguard WA's $7 billion agrifood industry.

Commenting on its 2014-15 program, Quarantine WA this week revealed that 129,168 vehicles were inspected at the WA borders, and 10,332kg of risk material was collected from airport amnesty bins throughout the State.

"Being able to stop the risk at the WA border not only protects our agricultural industries but provides a competitive market advantage," Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said.

Risky items included fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, honey, plants and soils.

Restrictions also applied to many animals, birds, fish and insects, and vehicles including machinery, cargo containers and vessels.

Quarantine inspections intercepted 109 significant pests including mango seed weevil in mangoes, coffee bean weevil in bananas, light brown apple moth in cherries, geometrid moth in cut flowers and sweet potato weevil in sweet potatoes.

FarmWeekly

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