Movement of Potatoes into Vic
For the purpose of preventing the entry of potato cyst nematode (PCN) into Victoria, the following conditions are prescribed under the Plant Biosecurity Act 2010 and Plant Biosecurity Regulations 2012 for the movement of seed potatoes into Victoria.
The movement of potatoes into Victoria is restricted. Fines may apply for non-compliance with these conditions.
Potatoes for propagation or planting must:
- originate from a place covered by an area freedom certificate; or
- have been –
a.produced and labelled in accordance with the requirements of a seed potato scheme deemed to meet National Standards; or
b. certified as having been –
i. grown on uninfested land; and
ii. brushed or graded so as to be practically free of soil; and
iii. packed into bins or bulk bags which have been –
A. cleaned free of soil and organic matter; and
B. labelled with the name of the grower and the address of the property on which the potatoes were grown, or an approved code.
"area freedom certificate" means, in the case of potatoes for propagation or planting, a certificate issued by a state or territory certifying that the area is a nationally recognised PCN pest free area.
"seed potato certification scheme deemed to meet National Standards" means the ViCSPA Seed Potato Certification Scheme or the Tasmanian Certified Seed Potato Scheme (TasSeed).
"uninfested land" means any clearly defined paddock or area which is not linked land, and has been sampled and tested within 18 months prior to the current crop being harvested, in accordance with the national seed testing guidelines for certified seed and has been found to be free of PCN.
"linked land" means any clearly defined paddock or area which is operated by a farmer who has farmed, or does farm, on infested land; or has been farmed using equipment which has been used on infested land; or borders infested land; or is planted with seed grown on infested land; or receives drainage from infested land.
For more information on interstate movements of potatoes contact us – phone 136 186 or email firstname.lastname@example.org