Citrus canker response moves into next phase

The citrus canker emergency response is set to move into its next phase, with removal of citrus plants due to commence in restricted areas over the coming weeks. Small scale removals will begin with priority residences within the Greater Darwin and Katherine regions.

Residents in citrus canker restricted areas, which are defined areas within a 600 metre radius of a confirmed citrus canker detection, have been contacted in regards to the removal of their citrus plants as we work towards eradication of the plant pest.

Removal of plants from restricted areas is an important step in the Northern Territory demonstrating it is free from citrus canker.

Removal will be undertaken by authorised inspectors in line with required quarantine disposal processes.

Residents in restricted areas are reminded not to remove plants or plant materials themselves as this may spread the disease.

If you are unsure whether your property is within a restricted area, detailed maps can be viewed on the citrus canker website.

If you live within a restricted area and have not been contacted by the Department of Primary Industry and Resources please call the citrus canker hotline on 1800 931 722 or email citruscanker@nt.gov.au.

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources would like to thank all members of the public who have reported citrus plants for their contributions in helping to eradicate this serious disease.

During the removal phase surveillance work will continue to progress. Territorians can help the citrus canker response by checking existing citrus plants for signs of the disease and reporting any citrus plants purchased since August 2016.

Biosecurity is everybody’s responsibility and we need to work together to help eradicate this disease.

Citrus canker does not affect human health or animals, and infected fruit remains safe to be consumed.

Read more about the removals phase in the media release.

A citrus canker surveillance officer checks a citrus plant
A citrus canker authorised surveillance officer checks a plant on a residential property.