Two new cases of blueberry rust have been detected in North-West Tasmania, leaving the state’s blueberry growers concerned about the disease’s impact on their fruit.
Biosecurity Tasmania’s website said the disease was detected at the North-West properties in March 2017, but an update on the blueberry rust threat was only posted week.
A Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment department spokesman said the new cases of the disease were “near the first site”.
Quarantine measures are continuing at these sites.
“In line with the approach taken with the detection last year, the infected properties are subject to quarantine control with conditions in place on the movement of host materials off the property to reduce the risk of movement of the disease,” the spokesman said.
Department staff worked with interstate authorities and blueberry growers to ensure growers were still able to access mainland markets after the 2016 outbreak, and will continue to do the same after this latest detection, the spokesman said.