The distribution of pathogens (that cause disease) associated with seed is expanding across the world and new biosecurity risks continue to emerge.

The trade in vegetable seeds has become globalised with seed being commercially developed, multiplied and processed across various countries instead of within a single country.

Therefore, the risk of seeds being exposed to new pathogens, as well as the risk that these pathogens may enter Australia via imported seeds, has increased.

The increased biosecurity risk associated with imported seed prompted the Federal Government to review the import conditions for vegetable seeds for sowing.

Funded under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the final review of import conditions for vegetable seeds sowing report has been released.

Click here to read the report.