November 7, 2012, Ottawa: A new biosecurity standard was introduced today that will help the potato industry protect its crops.
“Canadian potato producers have an opportunity to strengthen their defences against pests and disease on farm,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “A healthy field means a healthy yield for the Canadian potato industry.”
“This excellent tool will allow producers better control of the destiny of their farms,” said Keith Kuhl, Chairman, Canadian Potato Council. “By identifying pathways producers can implement measures which will protect against intrusion of pests.”
The national standard is a tool designed to minimize or prevent and control the introduction and spread of major plant pests and diseases in the potato industry. The National Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for Potato Growers is a collaboration between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Canadian Potato Council of the Canadian Horticultural Council.
Biosecurity is not a new concept on Canadian farms. The potato standard offers a consistent national approach to controlling major plant pests and diseases in the industry.
The standard is based on three primary themes:
- farm property management
- farm operational management
- plant health management
The standard was developed over two years, in consultation with producers, industry associations, academia, and provincial governments through funding provided by the Growing Forward policy initiative of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. It was designed specifically for the potato industry, and is applicable to farm-level operations of all types and sizes.