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The Australian Government is considering allowing the importation of fresh Malaysian pineapples into Australia.

Imported Malaysian pineapples pose a serious disease risk to our pineapple farms and industry.

Show your support for our Australian farmers and their efforts to prevent importation of a devastating disease that could wipe out our pineapple industry.

UPDATE: Senator the Hon. Bill Heffernan, chair of the Senate inquiry into Malaysian pineapple imports, has called for more time. The risk estimation matrix has been seriously questioned by not only farmers, the Queensland Government & Growcom but also an independent risk expert. No date has been set for the final report at this stage.

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Australia has a very clean, green and sound domestic pineapple production industry. All of Australia’s pineapples are grown in Queensland and sold for consumption within Australia. We do not export and we do not need to import as current production meets consumer demand. Above all, we do not need the risk of importing a disease that will destroy our industry if it is allowed to enter Australia.

Australian pineapple farmers have serious concerns imported fresh Malaysian pineapples could introduce a disease prevalent in Malaysian pineapple, but not present in Australia, known as Dickeya sp. A Senate Inquiry into the issue is underway with a report due on March 20, 2013. We’re encouraging the Senate committee and the Australian Government to support and safeguard the Australian pineapple industry.

If you would like to express your support, simply register your details in the Show Your Support form to the right.

Your demonstrated support for the Australian pineapple industry will be forwarded to the Senate committee and key members of government.

Please spread the word about this issue to your friends and family, and continue to buy Australian-grown pineapples.

Australia’s pineapple growers thank you for your support.

BACKGROUND & QUICK FACTS ABOUT MALAYSIAN PINEAPPLE IMPORTS:

  • The disease which Australian pineapple farmers are concerned about is a bacterium known as Dickeya sp. It has been known to destroy up to 40% of pineapple crops overseas, which could effectively destroy the pineapple industry in Australia if the same occurred here.
  • The disease causes bacterial heart rot in young plants (4- to 8-months-old) and also fruit collapse, where fruit close to ripening breaks down.
  • There is no known method of eradication of the disease.
  • A Senate Inquiry was established in 2012 with the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee investigating the effect of imported fresh pineapples from Malaysia on local growers because of the seriousness of the threat to the whole Australian pineapple industry.
  • The release of the Senate Inquiry’s report has been delayed until March 20, 2013, to allow the Committee to obtain independent analysis of the risk estimation matrix used by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) Biosecurity Australia in their decision-making regarding foreign imports.
  • The risk of this disease has been documented as one of the highest risks to the pineapple industry in a document prepared by Plant Health Australia, an independent group of scientists, which has DAFF Biosecurity Australia as a member.
  • Biosecurity Queensland disagrees with DAFF Biosecurity Australia on its assessment of risk of importing potentially serious diseases on pineapples imported from Malaysia. Biosecurity Queensland believes that the risk of entry of the disease is higher than estimated.
  • The fresh pineapple industry in Australia is valued at approximately $80m per annum and is growing at a rate of about 10% per annum due to new varieties developed in Australia.