The Almond Board of Australia officially signed the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed at Plant Health Australia’s 6th Annual General Meeting in Canberra on 26th October 2006, together with Cherry Growers of Australia and Australian Dried Fruits Association. “I congratulate these associations on their decision to sign this watershed Deed,” sign the PHA Chairman, Mr Andrew Inglis AM. “As signatories, the industries will now have a direct say on whether responses to pest incursions are to be mounted, and if so, a clear role in decision making and funding these responses. Producers, whose industries have signed the Deed, and who suffer losses as part of an approved response, will be eligible for reimbursement of certain direct costs, This is an important protection and one not guaranteed for non-signatories. It should also eliminate growers’ fears about being disadvantaged and give them the confidence to report suspicious pests and diseases.” The Deed is the centerpiece for the progres- sive partnership arrangements between governments and the plant industries in Australia, which are envied around the world. The ABA has joined 17 other plant industries, all state and territory governments and the Australian Government in becoming parties to the Deed. “With the ever present risk of emerging plant pest incursions, and the potential for an incursion to adversely affect the economic viability of Australia’s plant industries, it is essential that we develop measures that will minimize risk to these industries, which are collectively worth around $18 billion each year”, said Mr Inglis.
Andrew Inglis PHA Chairman and John Bird ABA Chairman
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“PHA is continuing to work with industries that are yet to become signatories to reinforce the importance of being a part of this Deed,” said Mr Inglis. “It remains as important as ever that all plant producers in Australia have access to the Deed’s many benefits.” The Deed provides pre-agreed funding mechanisms and cost sharing proportions to be borne by affected government and industry parties depending on which emergency pest is involved. Once an emergency plant pest is reported, and a response determined to be feasible, a response plan will be prepared and activated by key decision making committees. The peak decision making body for a response is the National Management Group comprised of the Australian Government Department of Agricul- ture, Fisheries and Forestry (Chair), Affected State and Territory Government Parties, each of the Affected Industry Parties and PHA (non-voting). PLANT PLAN, developed by PHA, provides nationally consistent procedures that guide development of the response plan and conduct of the response.