As an island state, biosecurity is of especial importance to Tasmania. Our unique biodiversity and relatively disease free status, along with our reputation as a supplier of fresh, high quality, clean produce must be maintained.
The prevention of pest and disease incursions is of vital importance to the viability of all rural industries.
Freedom from many of the world’s major pests and diseases is a clear advantage in both domestic and global markets. Tasmania’s agricultural sector owes a considerable part of its success in high quality agricultural products to isolated nature of our island economy and to the strict standards of biosecurity applied within the state. Overseas and domestic consumers are attracted to the integrity and quality of Tasmania’s ‘clean and green’ agricultural produce.
Resources must be effectively used to prevent and combat pest and disease incursions and fund and coordinate eradication procedures.