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Annual Report 1999/2000 Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries



Annual Report 1999/2000 Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries

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Departm ent of Primary Industry and Fisheries - Annual Report 1999 - 2 0 0 0 Corporate Priority Achievements 1999/2000 Extra staff has been seconded from the Commonwealth to assist in meeting the extra demand for services. Post barrier surveys for the presence of Siam Weed have also been established. The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) has agreed to revised export requirements for fresh food including meat from Australia to East Timor and other South East Asian markets. Extensive documentation and cost was removed for all food shipments and meat requirements were changed from export only establishments to include domestic establishments. Approved Third Party service providers have been introduced into the Livestock export program. Quality assurance arrangements have been introduced in the areas of Quarantine Approved Inspection premises, disposal of quarantine waste and fumigation of infested cargoes. Interstate marketing of interstate produce maintained. Ti Tree production areas maintained fruit fly free. 2 Timely water, soil, p lant and pesticide analysis. Corporate Priority Achievements 1999/2000 A core partner in the new Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Plant Protection. Projects aim to develop more accurate and reliable methods of disease diagnosis and effective disease management. Entomology and plant pathology diagnostic service established in Katherine. The Asian Honeybee eradication program was successfully completed. Developed reduced toxicity pest management techniques for export produce. Provided an increased identification and advisory services to East Timor operations. Agricultural and Water Chemistry Laboratories have met the required reporting of results as negotiated with clients and required by the Australian Standards. 3. Facilitation o f exports o f livestock and other products. Corporate Priority Achievements 1999/2000 Supply capacity Linkages established between DPIF and AQIS setting out areas of protocol negotiation and export assistance that can be accomplished by the respective parties. Protocols being developed for cattle into Thailand and camels into Indonesia. A Memorandum of Understanding between DPIF and AQIS for the export of meat to Indonesia and Brunei from domestic registered abattoirs. Eighty-one health certificates issued for meat products to East Timor 67

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