Latest tracing uncovers more infected citrus canker premises

Tracing activities have successfully detected citrus canker on two potted Tahitian lime plants on residential properties in Woolner and Moulden.

The infected plants were directly linked to the one supplier, and are not the result of natural spread.

The location of these new infected premises will not change the boundaries of the existing Woolner Restricted Area, however a new restricted area for part of the suburb of Moulden will be implemented.

Including these latest detections, there are now 11 infected premises in the Northern Territory. The majority are in the greater Darwin Control Area and one in Katherine.

The citrus canker emergency response team will continue surveillance and tracing work in line with the nationally agreed response plan which is informing activities over the next six months.

Growers and pack houses wanting to move fruit are registered under the Northern Territory Government’s stringent protocols, as agreed with other Australian States and Territories, and require permit approval.

The protocol stipulates a procedure for growers and pack houses to follow in order to move citrus fruit outside the control area, including inspection of fruit prior to it being sent to market.

Reports by the public are still the strongest tool in identifying and eradicating the disease from the Northern Territory. If you have purchased or been given a citrus plant in the last 12 months contact the citrus canker hotline on 1800 931 722.

For more information visit www.dpir.nt.gov.au/citrus-canker