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Annual Report 2003/2004 Department of Business Industry and Resource Development



Annual Report 2003/2004 Department of Business Industry and Resource Development

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< Aqis Barrier Services Maintains an effective international quarantine barrier by providing quarantine clearance i of international aircraft and overseas vessels on arrival at their first port in Australia. Also CO undertakes surveillance for imported cargo and food commodities, surveillance, screening and clearance of mail arriving from overseas, and maintaining international pre-clearance g \i commitments for Australian Defence Force equipment and personnel moving between East Timor and Darwin. "C O By mutual agreement, the Commonwealth resumed responsibility for the delivery of 0 quarantine and export inspection services. The agreed functions and staff were transferred 0 1 to AQIS in November 2003. __ CO Plant Health Protection c Provides a range of biosecurity services to protect the NTs horticulture and agriculture ^ plant industries. These services are provided by the NT Quarantine, Plant Pathology and Entomology Sections and by a specially formed team involved in the eradication of an exotic disease, Grapevine Leaf Rust. Key Achievements Established targeted surveillance for grapevine leaf rust, banana black Sigatoka disease, giant African snail and fruit fly as part of national surveillance programs. Completed a successful pilot program to determine feasibility of managing endemic fruit fly populations in an isolated urban situation. The exercise involved the release of 30 million sterile flies over a part of Alice Springs at a cost of $90 000. Established a comprehensive network of active and passive surveillance systems and widespread publicity against the Red Imported Fire Ant, a significant pest of humans, livestock and infrastructure. Completed two post-barrier surveys for the possible incursion of a range of exotic pests and diseases and weeds into the Darwin and Katherine regions following the civil unrest in East Timor in 1999. Continued the National Grapevine Leaf Rust Eradication Program in the Darwin region, including surveying of 39 000 households in the Darwin/Palmerston area. Released a public consultation paper on the proposed new plant health legislation for the NT. Meetings were held in Darwin, Katherine, Coolalinga, Humpty Doo and Ti-Tree to discuss the proposal. Figure 18: National Grapevine Leaf Rust Eradication Program 2003-04 37% 37% I | Grapevines Diseased & Removed 3 Grapevines Healthy & Removed I | Grapevines Volunteered for Removal Grapevines Dead Q Healthy Grapevines Remaining 9% 14% Department of Business, Industry & Resource Development 53

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