AUSVEG has welcomed this
afternoon’s announcement from the Northern Territory Department of Primary
Industries that property quarantine for Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus
(CGMMV) will be lifted next year.
“It is welcome news for growers that property quarantine put in place in the
Northern Territory following the outbreak of CGMMV will be lifted,” said AUSVEG
National Manager – Scientific Affairs Dr Jessica Lye.
The change of the quarantine status has resulted from the successful
progression of the CGMMV Management Plan. AUSVEG has been a major contributor
to the development of the plan and during its development worked closely with
affected growers and other stakeholders.
“This plan aims to empower industry to manage the risk of CGMMV spread, rather
than adopting a burdensome, highly regulatory approach,” said Dr Lye.
The quarantine is expected to be lifted in February 2016, before the
commencement of the NT growing season.
“The outbreak of CGMMV was detrimental to the local cucurbit industry, with
many growers forced to destroy their crops, while others were significantly
affected by quarantine restrictions on domestic trade,” said Dr Lye.
“Growers have been grappling with uncertainty about how future detections in
the territory will be treated. It is great news that now they will have some
guidelines and the power to make decisions.”
“All jurisdictions have agreed that produce is a low risk pathway for CGMMV, so
restrictions on interstate trade for produce will be lifted. Growers will be required
to maintain farm biosecurity plans and monitor crops for symptoms of CGMMV
“Lifting the quarantine status is testament to the hard work and vigilant
biosecurity procedures put in place by growers in the area following the
AUSVEG is the leading horticultural body representing over 9,000 Australian
vegetable and potato growers.
While growers will be able to use previously infected soil at their own risk,
they are advised to have the soil tested prior to planting as there is no
guarantee that the virus will not reoccur. In the event of a re-emergence of
the virus, growers will be advised to remove the crops immediately to prevent
the spread of the virus.
“The quarantine measures that were put in place to minimise the spread of CGMMV
were effective in promoting good biosecurity practices with growers in the
region but we now know much more about the virus and have been able to develop
specific biosecurity measures for effective control of CGMMV,” said Dr Lye.
Imported cucurbit seeds will continue to be tested, and soil moving from the NT
will require a permit. Movement and sanitisation of equipment and conveyances
from infected areas will be managed through on-farm biosecurity plans. 

Jessica Lye, National Manager – Scientific Affairs, AUSVEG
Phone: (03) 9882 0277, Mobile: 0401 555 567, Email: