Growers urged to alert PHSI to risks

Tomato growers were reminded last week to alert the Plant Health & Seeds Inspectorate (PHSI) to any sign or symptom on their crops of pests or diseases that they suspect could be notifiable.

Speaking at the HDC/TGA seminar, East Yorkshire plant health inspector Marcus Lazenby said he had evidence that some growers have failed to report outbreaks of quarantine organisms. "Some still regard (the PHSI) as the enemy at the gate," he said. "But not reporting outbreaks is dangerous."

He said the sooner growers inform PHSI of anything suspicious, the better the outcome because action could then be taken early.



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