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Mail biosecurity ex-seeds expectations in 2020

first_imgMail biosecurity ex-seeds expectations in 2020 Department of Agriculture and Water Resources45,000 risky seed parcels have been intercepted at Australia’s international mail centres in 2020, while reports of unsolicited seeds being received through the mail have also continued.Acting Chief Plant Protection Officer, Dr Gabrielle Vivian-Smith, said the large volume of seed parcels were intercepted as they did not meet biosecurity conditions.“Seeds are most commonly intercepted biosecurity risk item at our mail centres and this year they made up 75 per cent of the total interceptions though the mail,” Dr Vivian-Smith said.“This is a concern for Australia, as seeds that arrive from overseas and do not comply with our biosecurity conditions can carry a range of risks.“This includes invasive species or harmful plant diseases that could threaten backyard gardens, agriculture industries and the environment.“We have detector dogs, biosecurity officers and x-rays in place to intercept parcels that may be a risk, but it is important to remember that we all have a role to play.“If you are purchasing goods from overseas, follow the correct process, check they are permitted and if there’s any biosecurity conditions.“Throughout the year, there has also continued to be ongoing reports of unsolicited seeds being received through the mail, with more than 260 reports so far.“These reports are important and demonstrate the vital role the community plays in identifying and reporting biosecurity risks.“Unsolicited seeds from overseas could also carry significant threats, so it is vital that they are reported to allow us to undertake the necessary investigations.“If you receive unsolicited seeds through the mail, do your part to support Australia’s biosecurity and report it immediately.”For more information on buying seeds and other goods from overseas.To report a potential biosecurity breach visit awe.gov.au/report or call 1800 798 636. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Australia, biosecurity, community, Dogs, environment, Government, Intercept, meet, species, visitlast_img read more