Growers, industry and politicians to voice their opposition to NZ potato imports

There will be a gathering of Growers, Industry and Politicians to voice their opposition to the Federal Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) Biosecurity Division’s review to allow fresh potatoes from New Zealand to be imported into Australia.

This presents a massive biosecurity risk that puts the future of the potato industry in jeopardy. Industry is calling on the Minister of Agriculture Joe Ludwig to intervene and suspend the review given the catastrophic damage that has been suffered in New Zealand.

Imported potatoes from New Zealand will carry the destructive Zebra Chip disease and can also carry the Potato Psyllid. More information on both can be found at:

WHO: Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie

Victorian Nationals Member for Western Victoria, David O’Brien MLC

AUSVEG Public Affairs Manager, William Churchill

WHAT: Photo opportunity of potato growers in fields and packing sheds in one of the largest potato growing areas around the country.

WHEN:            Friday 7 September 2012 at 10:00am

WHERE: 132 Reidy’s Rd, Bungaree VIC 3352

Contact: William Churchill – Public Affairs Manager – AUSVEG – 0411 166 748, (03) 9822 0388,