Exotic Plant Pest: Tomato Potato Psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli) and Zebra Chip (Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum) 

As a result of detections of the exotic plant pest Tomato Potato Psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli) on plant material in Western Australia, I advise that Biosecurity SA has implemented a new Condition 17 of the Plant Quarantine Standard South Australia, imposing restrictions and prohibitions on hosts in the solanaceae and convolvulaceae families. This directly effects well-known products like potatoes, tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants and sweet potato. 

Condition 17 requires certification for host plant material, fruit and vegetables and associated plantingmedia, machinery and equipment that enters South Australia from Western Australia.  

The conditions are provided below and are effective from 11:59pm on 14th February 2017. If you have any questions on the entry conditions or arrangements to import fruit, vegetables and plants in the solanaceae and convolvulaceae families, please contact Biosecurity SA’s Market Access team on (08) 82077814.

If you suspect any arriving produce is affected by Tomato Potato Psyllid, call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

For more information on Condition 17 click here.