Support for apple and pear growers
Posted on Tuesday, 25 May 2004
Member for Pearce Judi Moylan is representing Pearce pear and apple growers in their battle to maintain high quarantine standards in Australia.
She said Apple and Pear Australia Limited representatives had expressed concerns about plans to “water down quarantine controls”.
The group supports the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee inquiry into Biosecurity Australia’s plans to diminish quarantine controls.
She said growers in the Pearce electorate, and across Australia, feared that if Biosecurity Australia’s recommendations on importing apples from New Zealand, for example, were introduced, the devastating disease, Fire Blight, and other damaging pests and diseases would be brought into Australia.
Ms Moylan said pears and the pink lady apple, both important exports, were particularly susceptible to the disease.
“An outbreak in Australia could be disastrous for apple and pear growers,” she said.
Ms Moylan invited Biosecurity Australia to Perth. Executive members of Biosecurity Australia met with growers who raised their concerns, in May.