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Australia elected Chair of International Plant Protection Convention

Australia’s internationally recognised expertise in biosecurity, plant health and standard-setting has been reinforced through our nation’s election to the position of Chair of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM).

The chair is the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ Ms Lois Ransom.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said the appointment reflected Australia’s ongoing commitment to world-class plant health practices and our state of the art biosecurity system.

“The IPPC is an important forum where international plant health experts come together to share knowledge and ensure there is a collaborative and evidence-based approach to plant biosecurity globally,” Minister Joyce said.

“The CPM in Rome will allow us to contribute to potential international standards and phytosanitary treatments that underpin biosecurity regulations and trade.

“Australia has an enviable biosecurity system—estimated to be worth up to $17,500 each year to an average farmer—which underpins our international market access.

“Our plant health experts add significant value to global knowledge by sharing their expertise and collaborating with others at these meetings.

“We understand the importance of a globally collaborative approach to biosecurity which was highlighted by the emergence of a destructive bacteria called Xylella in Europe. The sharing of knowledge allowed us to develop enhanced import conditions being used to safeguard Australian industries worth about $3 billion a year.

“Plant health has a pivotal role in supporting our collective food security, social prosperity and economic success, so it is crucial that global standards incorporate the best practice approaches to plant biosecurity.”

The CPM meets each year to develop science-based standards to support international trade in plants and plant products.

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