Karama restricted area declared

A restricted area (RA) has been declared in Karama after citrus canker was found on a lime plant in the northern suburb.

The RA has been declared to prevent spread and support eradication of the bacterial disease which has serious impacts on citrus production. Citrus canker does not pose any risks to human health.

The infected lime plant found in the Karama residential property was from the original source of the citrus canker disease, indicating the disease has not spread.

All infected plants that we’ve located since citrus canker was first identified in the Northern Territory in April 2018 are from the original source, which is good news that there is still no evidence of citrus canker spreading naturally in the NT.

To eradicate citrus canker from the Territory, residents are asked to contact the National Citrus Canker Eradication Program if they have any citrus plants. Citrus plants purchased or received after 1 January 2017 are of particular interest, as they may have been in direct contact with a diseased plant.

The new restricted area in Karama includes all properties within a 600 metre radius of the infected plant, including Crocodylus Park, CSIRO and the Peter McAulay Centre (Berrimah Police Station).

It is the 13th citrus canker restricted area to be declared in the Northern Territory since April 2018. Maps of all restricted areas in the Territory are available on the Northern Territory Government website.

Citrus leaves showing signs of citrus canker