Posted March 09, 2017 14:18:24
An Australian horticultural company is abandoning plans to target export markets for capsicums following an outbreak of tomato potato psyllid in Western Australia.
The company, 4 Ways Fresh, was investigating growing capsicums, Lebanese cucumbers and potentially, zucchinis, at its Geraldton horticultural precinct for interstate and export markets to the Middle East and Asia.
In early February, the tomato potato psyllid was found in Perth and extensive monitoring since has found the exotic pest at 43 locations in the state.
The Perth metropolitan region has been declared an area under quarantine.
Tomato potato psyllid is an exotic plant pest which feeds on tomato, potato, capsicum, chilli, tamarillo, sweet potato and solanaceous weeds like nightshade, leading to loss of plant vigour and yield.
Plans potentially worth $300K abandoned
General manager of 4 Ways Fresh, Kingsley Songer, said when news broke of the psyllid outbreak, he was concerned about the impact of it on their operation.