Media statement: Detection of citrus canker in the Northern Territory

19 April 2018

(Issued by Department of Agriculture)

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is working closely with the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources following strong evidence of a detection of citrus canker in Darwin.

To manage any potential risks to Australia’s industries and trade, emergency biosecurity measures have been activated immediately and further planning and traceability work is underway. The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources is the lead agency for the response.

The department is notifying key trading partners and will continue to work with industry and Australia’s trading partners to ensure all importing country requirements are met.

The department has not issued any certification for the export of citrus material from Darwin in 2018.

The vast majority of Australia’s citrus production areas are geographically isolated from the detection.

The detection was made in a peri-urban area that is more than 2,500 kilometres away from key citrus producing areas in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland.

There are specific rules and regulations about the movement of fruit and plants between states and territories, or within states and territories. For more information visit Australian Interstate Quarantine website.

If you see citrus plants with unusual disease symptoms, report it to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.