Shandong training delegation to learn about SA’s biosecurity practices

A group of fourteen staff from the Shandong Department of Agriculture are currently in South Australia to learn about the state’s world class biosecurity practices.

The group is participating in the largest training program undertaken by the Shandong Department of Agriculture in Australia.

The program, which is hosted by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), covers areas of plant health and pest management including food safety and pest free areas.

South Australia is a world leader in plant pest management, and is the only mainland state to be free of both fruit fly and vine destroying pest phylloxera.

The program will also see delegates visit the Sterile Insect Technology facility at Port Augusta, the South Australian Produce Market, Sundrop Farms, Biological Services Loxton, Yamba Quarantine Station and Lenswood Cold Stores Cooperative Society.

Acting Executive Director of Biosecurity SA, Geoff Raven, said the program aims to advance plant health management and pest prevention and control technology in Shandong.

“Information exchange is a core component of our continuing collaboration between South Australia and Shandong, as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding signed between PIRSA and Shandong Department of Agriculture in 2014.

“I warmly welcome the Shandong Department of Agriculture delegates to South Australia and trust they will learn a considerable amount about our biosecurity practices.”

The delegates will be in South Australia until 1 October.

September 28, 2016