The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has issued a Movement Control Order (MCO) Notice for citrus canker and carriers to prevent it spreading into Queensland’s produce areas, after it was recently detected in the Northern Territory.
From 24 April 2018, you will not be allowed to move the following items into Queensland unless they meet the conditions outlined in the MCO:
• plant material (including fruit) within the citrus family (Rutaceae)
• associated planting media and soil, machinery or equipment.
The MCO will stay in effect for three months unless revoked earlier.
New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia have also put movement restrictions in place and other Australian states are expected to soon.
About citrus canker
Citrus canker (Xanthomonas citri pv. citri) – also known as Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri – is a contagious bacterial disease which can affect all citrus plants.
The disease can be spread rapidly over short distances by wind-blown rain, weather events and human movement, particularly in tropical and subtropical climates.
Infected plants display lesions which form on leaves, fruits and stems, resulting in low plant vigour and a reduction in fruit quality and quantity.
For more information about citrus canker visit daf.qld.gov.au