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Tasmanian Government confirms it will update potato import risk assessment

Tasmania’s import risk assessment for potatoes will be updated following concerns raised by growers over an import license approval, according to a news report by Caitlin Jarvis for The Examiner. .

She writes that Primary Industries Minister Guy Barnett during budget estimates last week confirmed work on the import risk assessment was underway and was part of the government’s response to the controversy caused by a granted import licence to a South Australian processor.

DPIPWE granted Mitolo Group a licence to import fresh, ware potatoes into Tasmania in June by Biosecurity Tasmania.

However, in September, when Labor revealed the approval during parliamentary Question Time, Tasmanian potato growers were shocked.

Farmers raised concerns over the potential the potatoes to carry new pests and diseases that could threaten Tasmania’s industry. The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association also lobbied Biosecurity Tasmania to update the import risk assessment following its discussions.

Source: The Examiner. Read the full report here

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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